I quit my job in 2017 after becoming overwhelmed with an untreated service-connected condition. Madison College opened a portal of hope that changed my life. I went from working in a factory to the University of Wisconsin Liberal Arts Transfer Program at the Madison Area Technical College Truax Campus. The Veterans Administration hosts a program called, "Veterans Academic Transitional Integration Leadership Program." What is VITAL? VITAL is a program that allows on-campus crisis therapy for individuals like me who sought treatment through the Veterans Crisis Line. I am a 22 Survivor. 22 Veterans per day commit suicide on average. After taking the hand of the VA through VITAL, I have created this site for all of us to converge as a Veteran Crisis Overwatch monitored by a Veteran who has navigated the programs through college that develop Veterans from crisis to scholar.
President Jody Wentworth expressed frustrations with her organization reiterating Senator committee representation November 9, 2020.
The Whitewater Student Government collectively bargains on behalf of students who are seeking change on campus. As residence halls begin to vacate November 20, Senators receive warning by Pres. Wentworth who are not showing up to committee meetings. Director of Student Affairs Jaida Shallaugh focuses on distributing information without in person meetings, while Director of Academic Affairs maintains Satisfactory No Credit negotiations facing COVID-19 campus virtual membership vacancy.
The Whitewater Student Government organizes change on campus centrally focused on addressing student grievances. The organization seeks to impact University of Wisconsin Whitewater online dealing with campus social distance restrictions for meetings in room UC 259. Pres. Wentworth faces the challenges student present as the voice of the organization to ensure the student voice gets heard.
Madison College seeks students who go above and beyond as leaders to bring projects forward for virtual showcase display starting December 3, 2020.
Outpost 422 corporate social responsibility seeks to assemble a Madison College University of Wisconsin philanthropy to combine the Center for Entrepreneurship with the Journalism Certificate Program. Bradley J. Burt shares his journey utilizing the Wisconsin G.I. Bill to overcome the impossibility of surviving by going back to school. Outpost 422 offers resources Burt shares with veterans in crisis as a WordPress administrator for the Sacred Warrior Search and Rescue Foundation.
The Madison College Virtual Showcase submission ends November 22, 2020. Burt continues to develop a Live Plan philanthropy business plan through the Small Business Development Course through the Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship. Corporate Employee Assistance Programs helped him win his appeals while journalism writing opened portals to overcome the impossibility of surviving in school.
High noon Friday before the presidential election at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater ramps up students to vote and become active with civic duties.
The Political Science department works with the Whitewater Student Government through a campaign called “Warhawks Vote” utilizing the Hamilton Room for public speaking and tabling. The Hamilton Room at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater hosts events for students and voters to attend. COVID-19 cancelled the event creating flux on campus by sending the long standing tradition to campaign online.
Journalism majors take on the task of answering the call on campus to cover Election Day events for News Reporting for Media. The flux between Political Science and Journalism covers the territory between all branches of the Constitution including the fourth estate. COVID-19 event cancellations continue to challenge both fields with social distancing, limited interaction on campus, left to the means of being creative, innovative and collaborative when covering the election.
As a returning student later in life, the hardships I face in the learning environment turn disastrous with the drop of a dime.
Not knowing where to turn with distance learning will lead to panic, which led me to my UW Whitewater WINS account to switch my class grade to Credit/No Credit options. What will happen to me next is uncertain. Will I lose financial aid? Will I be required to work a part-time job? Better yet, can you imagine what will happen next if seniors don’t graduate and our class options cause us to take a withdrawn until upper-class members finish school?
For you as the reader, can you fathom what is happening to the University of Wisconsin holistically?
Outpost 422 offers tricks to becoming successful despite uncertainty. Weathering the storm starts with communication and the blog service is your watchtower. The crux develops from the crucible and the narrative starts with microinsults that must be reported, recorded and journaled. The Outpost 422 blogs are an exhibit of class projects and occurrences when dealing with microaggressions. Be cautious, considerate and for God’s sakes, use your brain when collaborating accommodations with professors. Cut them some slack.
As a veteran who receives free tuition through the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, I have no fear, which plays into why I am pursuing journalism as my major. Multimedia journalism across the globe spreads like wildfire with social injustice. Madison College opened the door through the Journalism Certificate Program, where the pilot for Outpost 422 began. The storytelling of the Outpost shares features from vets who served in America’s classrooms and outposts as light fighters.
Writing out your thoughts and analyzing rhetoric commonly found in environmental microaggressions will open up doors to journaling events. A small pocket recorder protects your college investment. Microaggressions crop up when asking for accommodations. Be vigilant when uncovering them. The 11th hour pops up the minute micro assaults rear their ugly head. You are the detective. Record them, journal them and wave them around on display for the next person who is unaware they exist. They will write your Gonzo ringside story.
October 23, 2020 10:56 a.m.
After accepting the position of American Legion Dane County Service Officer, my first mission will be microaggression analysis and observation amongst posts. Do expect an email when telling members “to grow some thick skin” who air their grievances. On campus, I will be conducting a communications survey and analysis to develop microaggression awareness campaigns. Speech develops intrusive thought. Speaking down to someone for having disability and special requests will land a complaint consultation here at the outpost. Microaggressions amongst the younger generation get phased out through cancel culture. Respect collects rewards.
As a Service Officer in the classroom, opportunities arise when conflict spreads like wildfire. Distance learning stresses everyone out. The outpost looks out through an objective lens to report through blogs.
The Fall 2020 Experience journals offer outlets to all viewers who are in crisis. The goal with journaling through the experience opens minds afflicted by the Veil of Ignorance. Objectivity and collaboration share positive and negative experiences for all who relate. The journal seeks grant funding for undergraduate research to develop corporate employee assistance strategies, survey data collection, sample vouchers and Q and A panelists.
The Fall 2020 Experience
I am attending UW Whitewater and Madison College to write the business plan for the next venture as a data collection agency. Small Business Development Live Plan updates made weekly will open funding opportunities in pursuit of a mobile multimedia studio. The internship starts at Madison College and ends with Corporate Communication. This week’s Audio Production I project sought to tackle a new item on the spectrum eye charts called “Computer Vision Syndrome.”
Please keep an eye out for the 20-20-20 Rule. After tacking Adobe Audition and meeting with my professor off hours who graciously went above and beyond, I present to you the audio for Outpost 422. Our next phase in blogcasting seeks the listening ear for survey for calming mechanisms. The joy of stress develops through fruits of labor. The crux developed through the journey of the crucible weighs heavily on the merits of the narrative. Synchronous learning is strenuous. The challenge of taking a Satisfactory/ No Credit saves GPA, but creates flux in the flow for the next student in line when taking courses over again.
The purpose of the Outpost 422 project as a brainstorm service seeks to address ad hoc solutions regarding campus protection for administration and faculty from harm and protect your rights as a student. Please comment below for tips and advice or email our pressroom at email@example.com to share your Satisfactory/No Credit feature story. One testimony can change the outcome of the University of Wisconsin. We are a conflict resolution revitalization service.
Are you at risk of homelessness during the latest COVID-19 American crisis? Here are some helpful links to get you through.
September 2018, the bottom fell out. Social Security denied my last appeal and was represented by a prestigious law firm who guaranteed I would win. The Veterans Administration would not budge on my appeal, but the final devastating blow happened when Financial Aid at Madison College ripped $3,800-worth of much needed rent money away from me. Walking a mile in the shoes of homelessness and despair is never easy. Going back to school is never a guarantee, yet the Wisconsin G.I. Bill and FAFSA are still options if you are honorably discharged.
What am I to do if I fall on financial hardship? Call 1-877-4-AID-VET.
The following links will help loved ones navigate and locate information to pass along. The Veterans Administration provides research and respite programs to assist with guidance.
Veteran homelessness during COVID-19 does not translate to hopelessness. Treatment and assistance are available.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, Building 22 at the William S. Middleton VA offers Cognitive Processing Therapy. Hope and the light to revitalization are only a phone call away at the Veterans Crisis Line. Dial 1-800-273-8255 Press 1. The operators will help you navigate where to turn.
Porchlight is located at 306 N. Brooks St. in Madison, Wisconsin. The phone number is (608) 257-2534
Although outreach and wait times are causing confusion, reaching out to local services help with getting acquainted. Be sure to register with the Dane County Veteran Service Officer while waiting for opportunities to open up to receive help.
The Dane County Service Office:
210 Martin Luther King Dr.
Madison, WI 53705
Once the veteran is enrolled in the VA, social workers can help them track their progress and connect them with community services. Reaching out to the William S. Middleton Hospital social workers open the door to revitalization during COVID-19 hardship.
Local journalists across Wisconsin utilized convergence to develop ways to report from home preventing the spread of COVID-19 beginning in March.
Media outlets reporting from the Wisconsin State Capitol, Lambeau Field and the Lake Michigan shoreline rapidly improve newsgathering methods through social media when writing stories. Multimedia journalists distribute the weight on the frontline providing footage to anchors, website portals seek viewers to share found footage, while newspaper senior editors require photojournalists to mix and produce found footage. Convergence with viewers happens when newspaper and television mediums accompany their stories with blogs, websites and social media outlets during breaking news.
“We’ve pretty much gone the direction of multimedia journalism. Multimedia journalists basically shoot and write and edit their own stuff,” said Ryan Logenstein assistant manager of WMTV NBC 15 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Covergence happens when breaking news connects viewers with journalists who are reporting from home trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Over Logenstein’s 22 years in television, he is witnessing a rapid change in the reporting field. Logenstein observed viewership utilizing social media to deliver leads with both citizen and multimedia journalists. During stay-at-home restrictions, Logenstein utilized multimedia journalists to create weekly stories, while a citizen journalism portal offered a bank of uploaded material from phones on the NBC 15 website.
“If you look at the NBC 15 website you will see there is a link where you can submit video. We get a lot of video from that,” Logenstein said.
Northeast Wisconsin local news source WLUK Fox 11 puts social distancing first when on the job. Assignment manager Brian Kehrin required ride sharers to take separate vehicles, which is now a standard practice. Kehrin converges press releases with viewers on social media through blogging to live stream information from the Green Bay Packers public relations who enforce the use of Zoom meetings for social distance interviewing.
“We can’t just ask for Packer players like Jake Kumerow from UW Whitewater upon request anymore. You only get who the team selects,” said Kerhin.
“For the last 15 years, all photographers hired by the Sentinel have had to be able to shoot and edit video. ‘Convergence’ is actually an old story—at least to me,” Greg Borowski senior editor of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.
Borowski’s newsroom has changed over the past decade. Social media reporting has taken priority, which is Borowski’s way of updating subscribers at the scene of breaking news. Journalists are tweeting text and video, offering interactive maps, charts and photo galleries for subscribers to view.
“Convergence challenges professional journalists in many ways. I feel we are up to the challenge, provided readers rise to the occasion too,” said Borowski.
When COVID-19 breaking news hits, convergence between newspaper and television media intersects on the web. Citizens and subscribers connect with journalists who use multimedia producing skills from their home base. New methods of newsgathering have developed the newsroom through multimedia journalism benefiting all sides of the news spectrum.
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs allocates grant money to the University of Wisconsin System and non-profit organizations during the month of September.
The State of Wisconsin opens doors to nonprofit community support across the state for grant funding annually. The window to apply for grants ends September 30th.
Grants offer opportunities for all veterans, spouses and dependents through a tuition fee remission called “the Wisconsin G.I. Bill.” The WDVA also offers an annual grant for non-profit organizations like Disabled American Veterans, which rely on donations to purchase hospital transportation vans each year. The grant process starts with notifying the public through administrators like Donald Placidi Jr. and ends with a consultation from the Walworth County Veteran Service Officer prior to enrollment.
“The Wisconsin G.I. Bill is a state-funded program to allow veterans and their dependents tuition coverage. The Wisconsin G.I. Bill is the most generous grant you can get. My wife and I both use it,” said Placidi.
Donald Placidi Jr., division administrator of the Division of Veteran Benefits, oversees the administration of grants, state veteran programs and award nominations. Placidi distributes program information through County Veteran Service Officer training across the state. Placidi’s primary job is to oversee the operation of support services.
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is located at 2135 Rimrock Road in Madison, Wisconsin.
“We have a support service through a place called the Veteran Benefit Resource Center. I am the coordinator. My job is to connect our services across the state,” said Placidi.
Placidi is a benefactor of the Wisconsin G.I. Bill. Placidi is also a veteran returning to school, along with his family, who is actively pursuing his master’s degree. Veterans, spouses and dependents receive 128 credits-worth of state funded tuition.
“I believe it was a year ago when I was reading the Military Times. They were going through some of the best benefits across the country. The Wisconsin G.I. Bill was mentioned as one of the best benefits regarding student tuition,” said Placidi.
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is currently closed to public visitation. The State Revenue Building hosts the headquarters of WDVA where Placidi distributes information.
WDVA provides updates and training through its State Service Officers. The instruction is for County Veteran Service Officers who receive a 427-page Veteran Service Officer Training Manual. Each County Veteran Service Officer works with WDVA to track all who utilize the Wisconsin G.I. Bill in school, helps families file claims and explain information applying for grants.
“The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs offers accredited training of at least 40 hours of both federal and state benefits,” Walworth County Veteran Service Officer Nathan Bond said.
Bond began in 2014 and became a County Veteran Service Officer in 2016. WDVA helped him develop a detailed understanding of the proper filing of WDVA documents.
“County Veteran Service Officers all go through an accredited process like the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars,” said Bond.
Bond also assists dependents and families who are eligible for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill by determining eligibility through records on file. Bond’s training and continued interaction with WDVA officials like Placidi seek to improve claim filing solvency. Walworth County Service Officers are one of the first points of contact for veterans, their spouses and dependents when applying for state benefits in the Whitewater community.
“If your spouse or parents served, received an honorable discharge, you should see a County Veteran Service Officer before you apply for school. If a person separates from service, I can help them,” Bond said.
Not only does WDVA work with the county, the agency assists the Disabled American Veterans organization with funding and benefits as well. An annual grant for $200,000 provides enough to purchase seven vans to shuttle disabled persons to the hospital for care. The not-for-profit agency applies for seven grants per year to purchase vehicles from the Ford Motor Company.
Grant funding from WDVA offer safe rides from an all-volunteer fleet transports members to the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis. Veterans in need of disability lift transportation call the Disabled Veterans Organization for free rides.
“We Average 900,000-miles-per-year with our transportation,” said Wisconsin Disabled American Veteran Commander Matt Kempainen.
Kempainen’s organization works to increase disabled veteran mobility. Disabled American Veterans is 100 percent volunteer-operated, who donate up to 65,000 hours annually. WDVA seeks the help of organizations like these to spread the word about state grants who share how programs benefit their members.
“We are here to empower veterans to lead high quality lives. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs does the best they can to make sure our voices are heard,” Kempainen said.
The Wisconsin G.I. Bill is an on-going benefit available every semester. The WDVA Non-profit Grant deadline ends Wednesday, September 30, at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please stop by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs’ website at www.dva.wi.gov.
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Today was overwhelming at the outpost. We spent the entire night fighting off the approaching enemy advancing our position. My photo of you in my pocket keeps me strong and even though we are miles apart, you are always with me. The days of the war are ongoing with being cooped up in the bunker. As we await our orders each day, we hear the war will end soon.
Our home front has become restless. The endless protests litter our streets as monuments collapse and fall. Our love will never fall. We are together as one unified soul under the milky way at night. We meet each other under our tree and collect our faith we will meet again when I return home.
I want you to know the world is my ocean of calming tide when you are in my arms. I know how happy we are when we are in communion with each other in meditation. Sadly, the bombs send shock waves through the jungle and my hand shakes when I write to you. My determination to return home to you holds my convictions true to our love.
The streetlights in America are growing dim with protests from what I hear. How are you holding up? I pray every time I see your pretty face in your picture you are safe. You will always be safe in my arms. Being a soldier on the frontline leaves a lasting imprint on humanity. Right now, we return home to our Capitol filled with vandalized monuments and are not feeling loved. We get spit on at airports and shunned at the coffee shop.
None of that matters to me. All that matters is that we meet each other each day in gratitude and rest assured that when the war is over, we will be together forever. I hope you will write to me soon. I adore your love letters and am determined to survive this war to see you again. May you always be right here in my arms until then. You are my soul-searching purpose to be a better man each day. We are the future of humanity. Our mission is to radiate love and light in times of peril and hate. I love you times Brazilian.
You wake up every day shrouded by a circle of demons. The sole mission of those demons is to repel the love of family. Post-traumatic stress disorder winds you up like a rubber band on the verge of slapping your caretakers to prevent them from getting close. The fast run of hypervigilance races through words spoken like a breath of a tornado. Nobody understands.
Recalling events from the past never leave. What would I have done different? Nothing. The reckoning is your narrative. Your explosive anger overwhelms you. Your crux is the confusion. Standing in line in the grocery store can be a chore. The hurt, the shame and all the pain overwhelmingly track your every thought. You calculate each move in the grocery store, you realize you dropped your credit card on the floor. You look for the door. Fear and Loathing send you racing to the car. You drive away far until the surge of racing thoughts disappear.
The Fear Follows You Like Wolves
The third world follows you wherever you go. The sounds of burning children are the only thing you know. The morning you woke up and the minute the 11th hour began, was the day you realize you should’ve run. Will I ever return the man I was before? Or will I run like a child down a haunted corridor? The wolves greet you in your sleep. The fear is the way they trap you to avoid the help you must seek. The wolves are night terrors who lock you behind closed doors. The fear snares you to sedate with painkillers all the more. The VA leaves you at death’s door.
The Loathing Defines Your Trauma
As you leave many lives in despair—your cold-hearted coping teaches people you do not care. You watched many lives consumed by death. You know only one thing—we all have one last breath. Trauma never heals when the heart never feels. Hurt, shame and guilt are the products of the loathe. Be still, the world develops your life into becoming a wolf. The oath you swore disappears. The grief you cause those who love now becomes their fear. You are their first thought when they swallow all their tears. You leave them like a phantom who haunted them for years.
Truth of Trauma
The truth is out there if you are willing to take a hand. The PTSD Coach App will help you understand. The Veterans Crisis Line will teach you how to treat your fears. No more thoughts of suicide the loathing will disappear. The truth of trauma comes the minute you understand, help starts with courage when you ask someone to lead you to promised land. Trauma is the source of the 22. I was once like you. Trust is the last resort—the help will see you through.