Friday, May 8, 2020
7:30 am - 3:45 pm

VA Summit Save the Date

May 8, 2020

VA/VHC Mental Health Summit

Wellness is Prevention

War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, WI


Wellness starts now! Prevent illness and avoid suicide by learning to manage your daily stress, build resiliency and enjoy life more! This highly interactive summit will give you tools for building a happy, productive and healthy life, at work and at home.


Focus: Encouraging employers to send their veteran employees – free training for their employees with a high ROI to the employer (lower absenteeism, higher productivity, etc) focused on the unique needs of the veteran. Also, employers will receive the Vets Stress Tool Kit pdf - after the summit – which they can give to employees, managers and HR staff.




Opening - Yoga 7:30

Registration and Exhibits open 8:00

Opening greeting 8:45 - Dr Zomcheck

Welcome Keynote 9:00 - Secretary Wilke**

Session 1 - 9:30 (60 minutes)

     Overview of the Day – Success Stories

Break  10;30

Session 2 - 11:00 (60 minutes) VA offerings

Lunch 12 n

Keynote 12:45  - Col. Judy Walz

Session 3  1:15 – Wellness Tools – 3 mini-sessions

Break  1:45

Session 4 - 2:15 Wellness Tools - 6 mini sessions

Closing - 3:45 Creating a Wellness Plan –  Choosing a Battle Buddy


Topic Areas

Nutrition - resources for healthy food




Emotion Management

-           Upsets in the workplace

-           Upsets at home

Stress Management

Whole Health program

Mission Act

Community Care

Hobbies and Volunteering as Stress Mgmt


ALL DAY Activities that attendees can experience…

Chair massages                                                                      Yoga

Acupuncture                                                                            Tai Chi demos

Art opportunities                                                                     Aromotherapy

Heart calming music                                                               and more……


Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Colonel(R) Judy Ann Walz, MSN, RN - Balancing Health & Well Being

Combat veteran with 28 years of military service, nursing professor, psychotherapist, wellness consultant & educator, author “Quick Fixes to Change Your Life”

Balancing health and well-being is a series of yes & nos.  Every decision that we make is either life-affirming or not.  These choices require that you VALUE you and your health.  Most often that necessitates letting go of habits that sabotage health and learning new ones that repair and nurture health.


**invited, not yet confirmed



Success Stories

Dave Brown – Chef, WCTC veteran advocate (Gulf War veteran)


Sam Floyd – Blue Door Coffee, business owner  (Gulf War veteran)


Mark Foreman – Artist, teacher (Vietnam Veteran)

Shot by an AK 47, Mark Foreman, VFP Board member and member of VFP Chapter 102 in Milwaukee WI. Foreman, a Vietnam vet survived countless operations to become an artist, teacher and veterans leader.

War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, WI


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