|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
personnel demobilizing at Fort McCoy after an overseas deployment are
welcomed home with readjustment services provided by people like Dave
Hosking of the Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Madison, Wis.
Dave Hosking of the Veterans
Affairs Vet Center tells attendees at the Fort McCoy Disability
Awareness Employment Month event about the services his
organization offers veterans.
(Photo by Val Hyde)
Hosking, a readjustment counseling technician, told attendees about
the services his office offers during an Oct. 22 Disability Awareness
Employment Month observance at Fort McCoy.
The veteran of Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom campaigns said if
someone will stop long enough to talk to him about veterans he will stop
to talk to them.
“I’m proud to be a veteran,” Hosking said. “The Vet Centers serve
veterans who served in combat zones or family members of that veteran.”
The centers offer individual, group, family and marital counseling, he
said. All the information veterans provide is kept strictly
confidential. Hosking said he also helps inform veterans of all of the
services they’ve earned and deserve so they can readjust to civilian
“Counseling is much like getting a flu shot,” Hosking said. “We take
care of ourselves physically or mentally so we can take care of our
loved ones when we return.”
The services help veterans by changing processes, or getting rid of
memories, habits or other past traditions. Hosking said he has gathered
information and contact points to help all veterans, including those
with mental or physical disabilities, find the assistance they need to
get on with their lives, be it in the civilian sector or to prepare for
a future, successful deployment.
The Wisconsin Department of Veteran Services (DVA) also is working to
establish outreach centers so care is available closer to veterans.
Hosking said for more information Wisconsin veterans should see their
county veterans service officers, whose contact information is available
in local phone books or at the Web site
Additional information about the Madison Vet Center is available by
For more information about readjustment counseling services call
800-905-4675 or for information about federal DVA telephone assistance
services call 800-827-1000. Information about DVA services/programs also
is available at the Web site
Carolyn Becks of the Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Office at Fort McCoy said Disability Awareness Employment Month
celebrates the theme of expectations and opportunities, which lead to
full participation in the work force.
Blaine Markuson, acting EEO director at Fort McCoy, said the United
States has come far beyond the time in the 1800s when tickets were sold
to gain access to and see people in mental institutions or in the early
1900s when the state of Indiana forbid disabled people to have children.
Federal laws, including the 1990s Americans with Disability Act, have
helped disabled people become integrated into the work force, he said.
Lt. Col. Annie Jackson, Fort McCoy deputy garrison commander, said Fort
McCoy is creating a workplace that includes a diversity of workers,
including those with disabilities.
This helps the installation recruit and retain an inclusive work force
that looks much like the customers it is serving, she said, and provides
the best and brightest employees to serve its customers.