or 30 miles east of Osseo from the junction of Interstate 94 and US Highway 10
Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project, Inc.
Our Country's Premier Manned Veterans Park
Our Mission Is Healing & Education
A Place For All Of Us
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Winter Bowl Fundraiser
for the Military Working Dog Tribute
Vet Center At Learning Center Every Thursday
Make Contact with a Combat Vet
Individual and upcoming group sessions available.
For appointments call: Counselor Todd Stage, LCSW at 715-842-1724 (Walk-ins welcome too)
2015 Honoring Our Veterans Raffle--
Year of the Eagle
Quilt: Leon Meidam,
Intarsia Eagle: Dave Carlson, Wausau, WI
Moose Antler: Christopher Thomley, Osseo, WI
Print: Erland Greeler, Neillsville, WI
Exciting News: The Persian Gulf Tribute moves to the next stage!!!
October 9, 2015 will mark the day that all the Jersey Barriers, benches and stars in the Tribute were set in its place.
Vietnam Veteran Families-"In Memory" Program
The "Featured Veteran" in July's newsletter was Bill Watts, Jr. He was inducted into the "In Memory" Program in Washington DC. on June 20, 2015. After publishing his story, many calls have come into The Highground requesting information about the program.
This program honors those that died as a result of the Vietnam War but whose deaths do not fit the parameters for inclusion upon the Wall.
Their website address is www.vvmf.org/inmemoryprogram. All the information is there, application, etc. They have a great staff (just like The Highground) and are very helpful. They definitely want the word spread about the program.-- Pat Watts
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—affects many of the veterans today. A “magic” number we think of at The Highground is twenty. For every person killed in the current war, there are twenty that come back home suffering from PTSD. They are MIA (Missing in America). Missing an arm, a leg, body part or part of their psyche, they no longer are the same person as before they went to war.
The Highground Gift Shop and Information Center has three wonderful books that are given to those who visit that would benefit from this information. They are:
Courage After Fire by Keith Armstrong; Suzanne Best;
Souled Out: A Memoir of War and Inner Peace by Michael S. Orban
Tears of A Warrior by Janet J. Seahorn and
E. Anthony Seahorn
If you, or someone you know, may be suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or if you are not sure if you have this, please come to The Highground to get a book and compare your story to the author’s story.
For more assistance, you can also call on the Tomah VA’s program call at 608-372-1651.
Todd Stage, Vet Center Counselor, is also available at The Highground on Thursdays.
Military Working Dog Tribute
Military Working Dog Tribute
One of the objectives of the committee working to bring the working dog tribute to The Highground is that it will honor all working dogs. Although the accepted sculpture design is a military person kneeling next to German Shepherd dog the tribute will also include an inscription (to be determined) that acknowledges the service of service dogs, police K-9 units, drug detection dogs, etc.
Should you wish additional information on the Military Working Dog tribute please contact The Highground via 715 -743-4224 or e-mail them at email@example.com
Or they can be reached on facebook at www.facebook.com/TheHighgroundVeteransMemorial.
Pictured is the modern military working dog, equipped with camera, an antenna, and his own protective vest. This dog is Cairo, the Belgian Malinios who accompanied SEAL Team Six on their raid into Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden. Cairo repelled from the helicopter and was the first intruder into the compound. His handler used the camera on Cairo’s back to communicate what was ahead to the remainder of the SEAL team.
Stone Ceremonies opened for Groups
If you have 18 or more stones from one organization/family/group and would like a special dedication ceremony date, (separated from the current scheduled dates) please contact Kay for possible arrangements.
2015 Ceremonies are full! Thank you for a wonderful and supportive year!!
Accepting Applications Now
for April-October, 2016.
*This ceremony is for the Lao-Hmong Association Honoring the veterans on
Lao Hmong Appreciation Day
The 2015 year is full at regular ceremonies; but
special arrangements can be requested.
. Get your application in for 2016
before they are all gone too.
Call for special arrangements.
Legacy Stones are 12" x 12" x 2" grey granite squares that represent one of the main means for meeting the operating and maintainence costs of The Highground Veterans Memorial Park. For a $435 donation, families and organizations may place a stone on the Center Walkway, contribute material toThe Registry, and participate in a meaningful ceremony. We call Legacy Stones living tributes because they are meant to honor special people in our lives including veterans and nonveterans, living or passed.
Now accepting applications for September 10, 2016 Ceremony
23 Spots Available for 2016
Stones are engraved 12”x12” x2” solid red granite stones. They are
placed annually in the floor of the Meditation Garden picnic shelter,
therefore, limited in number. The donation of $500 helps maintain the
Meditation Garden’s four rooms for visitors to reflect and meditate.
We are accepting applications now for June 11, 2016's ceremony!!
Available For 2016
Korean Tribute Stones stand apart from Legacy and Meditation Stones in two ways.
1. They are a polished black granite stone,
8”x12”x1.25”, with white lettering.
2. Korean Tribute Stones are place vertically on the face of rice paddies or the inside walkway wall into the Tribute.
“The number of Stones available are limited by the area of placement. The Rice Paddies have been sold out and we have opened Phase II. There are approximately only 177 spots available for stones here. A donation of $575 helps The Highground maintain the upkeep of this tribute to the “Forgotten War”.