Learning Center Coordinator
Available for loan to come to YOUR venue are traveling displays from The Highground. “My War: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans”, “Remembering our Fallen” and “Tribute to the Fallen” can be obtained to be on display in your hometown regardless of where around the world you are located. We would love to help you educate and heal your visitors..
Upcoming Events at The Learning Center
An Educational Center was part of the original vision for The Highground. The center would educate its visitors about the cost of war—the human cost. With the Park’s neighbors deciding to sell, The Highground needing to expand to accommodate more visitors, and unexpected grants becoming available—The Learning Center became a reality.
Today, The Learning Center encompasses a library filled with over 4,000 books covering military history. Its garage is a place for our volunteers to get their lunches during work weeks and the gallery, media room and meeting room holds many of the changing exhibits. The Learning Center Coordinator, Julie Dallman, is responsible for the daily operations, donations of artifacts & library materials, and set up & removal of exhibits. Incoming Exhibits are researched, evaluated & booked by our Exhibit Coordinator, June Abrahamson.
We are always looking for more displays, let us know if you have something or would like to see something in the Center for viewing.
Learning Center News and Articles
- The Highground Annual Bike Tour/ Hero’s Tribute RideAugust 2, 2018The Highground Annual Bike Tour/ Hero’s Tribute Ride Many visitors ask about the history of the park and are humbled to hear of our beginnings. The idea for The Highground was actually born on December 18, 1965 on a battlefield in Vietnam. Twenty- four- year old, Tom Miller was holding in his arms his good friend and buddy, 22-year-old Jack Swender. Jack was unconscious and bleeding. As Jack lay dying in Tom’s arms, Tom made a silent promise to himself and to Jack that this terrible loss and great sacrifice wouldn’t be given in vain. Twenty years later in 1985, Tom organized the first bike-a-thon, peddling around the perimeter of Wisconsin for a total of 1,244 miles, which is the number of Wisconsin military personnel killed or missing in action in Vietnam. This was the first significant amount of money raised. The Annual Bike Tour, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2009 at 11:30am for a very special Journey’s End Celebration picnic. In honor of this major milestone, Vietnam veteran Tom Kingsbury has volunteered to recreate the ride that Tom Miller made back in 1985. The Highground Hero’s Tribute Ride will cover 1,244 miles plus 1 mile for each person, that has died in action from Wisconsin, since Vietnam. Tom will peddle around the state – touching each border and many communities in between; over 1500 miles in 10 days. Tom and his crew will make several stops along his journey reaching out to communities to help honor Wisconsin’s Heroes. Flags that have been flown in Iraq will be provided to a Gold Star family representative at each stop. They will present them to a local dignitary and ask that they be flown to honor area KIA’s. A special certificate with the names of all the area KIAs will also be presented to the dignitary by a service organization. The money raised from this special Highground Hero’s Tribute Ride will help bring the Persian Gulf Tribute to The Highground. This new tribute will honor the men and women, who have served around the world beginning with Desert Storm, through multiple Middle East conflicts, while marching forward in the Global War on Terrorism. For a full list of details and information please go to https://thehighgroundheroesride.com...
- Invisible WoundsJuly 13, 2018“I thought if I never stopped moving, I could hold down my stress.” By: Humans Of New York (Invisible Wounds) http://www.humansofnewyork.com/tagged/Invisible-Wounds#6 “I was inside an armored carrier with my platoon commander. He tried to open a pressurized fuel container and it sprayed across the vehicle and hit a camping stove that he was using to make hot chocolate. It burst into flames. He dropped the fuel canister and fire covered the floor. Then he caught on fire. He grabbed onto the exit hatch and wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t pull him away. He wouldn’t let go. The vehicle is filling up with flames. It was so dam hot! It’s like when your hand is on a stove, except you can’t pull it away, because it’s your whole body. It’s so bright and I can hear him screaming. The hood around my neck is shrinking and tightening. My Gore-Tex uniform is melting, spreading, and falling off my body. I could feel myself burning and I couldn’t take it anymore. I gave up. I didn’t want to burn to death. I decided to take a deep breath to singe my lungs and close my throat. Then the hatch opened. Someone heard us screaming and opened the hatch.” “I kept having these nightmares of being trapped in a burning vehicle. They were non-stop. I’d wake up screaming and I couldn’t breathe. I wasn’t sleeping at all. I was overworked and going through a horrible divorce. At the time, I was working as a medic on a SWAT team, and one night at work I had a really bad flashback. We were about to serve a warrant. All of us were in the back of a truck and it was completely dark because we were preserving our night vision. Somebody turned on a red flashlight to adjust their equipment. I’m seeing our shadows on the wall, and suddenly I think we’re in a helicopter. I’m trying to tell myself ‘Keep it together. Keep it together.’ I know it’s not real, but I’m actually smelling the fuel and hearing the sounds of the turbine. Then the back door opened. The next thing I know, I’m standing on the third floor of this building with no idea how I got there. That was the last raid I ever did. We had a training session later that week. Afterwards, I closed myself in a van, put down my rifle, and started to cry. I was stressed to the hilt. The next day I started looking for help.” “After I had the flashback that night, two of the guys on my team cam up to me and said: ‘You’re getting help.’ I said: ‘No, I’m not.’ They said: ‘Yes, you are. Most of us do.’ That finally convinced me. I’d never gotten help, because I never wanted to appear weak. I’m the son of a man who lost his entire team in Vietnam. I’ve been through some of the toughest training on earth. I never quit anything in my life. So, it took me the longest time to admit that I had a problem. Whenever, I saw a homeless vet, or an alcoholic vet, I’d say: ‘That’s not me. I’ve got a good job. I’ve got a family.’ I did my best to cope with my issues through physical exertion. I threw myself into work. I’d go for long swims in the morning and long runs at night. I thought if I never stopped moving, I could hold down my stress. But, it finally caught up with me. I broke down. Those two guys convinced me to go to therapy. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I used to think that I was weak for needing help. I realize now that; my weakness was never getting it.”...
- Women, PTSD, and VeteransJuly 12, 2018Women, PTSD, and Veterans By: Barbara L. Lynn According to Linda Schwartz, whom is the author of Women in the Military and Women Veterans reported, “Military women have much higher rates of suicide than civilian women in America. Army women were also found to have less death from disease but were more likely to become the victims of homicides, suicides, and/or accidents than civilian women.” Patricia A. Resnic’s Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Rape-Related PTSD and Depression states, “If PTSD occurs with one-time assault victims, it would seem reasonable to expect that it would be all the more likely to occur for military veterans, who have experienced an even greater number of traumatic occurrences both in frequency and intensity or who have experienced a potentially life- threatening experience over a period of time, even if nothing life-threatening ever happened. This is not to denigrate the experience of assault victims. It is only to provide some perspective about PTSD in the veteran population. CPT focuses primarily on ‘cognitions’ – coming to know through both awareness and judgment. The sessions include “components which help the client to: access her memory of the event, identify and experience her emotions, until they have been extinguished, identify and challenge (her) beliefs about the event itself and beliefs about herself and the rape.” The focus in the therapy increasingly shifts from recognizing and naming events, thoughts, and feelings around the traumatic issue to skill development in challenging the clients’ beliefs as well as cognitive patterns. It is noteworthy that, while depression is mentioned once as possibly accompanying PTSD symptoms, nothing in the CPT limited twelve sessions model is outlined as specifically targeting the issue of depression. It is reasonable for us to consider the following question: Where would our veteran population currently dealing with PTSD be now (as well as those who are deceased directly or indirectly as a result of PTSD) had they been, upon discharge: informed about the nature and symptoms of PTSD and depression; informed that PTSD and depression are, if not a “normal” response to the circumstances they had just been through, at least not an abnormal response; Offered a 12- week course of treatment and skill-building techniques specifically tailored to their war experiences and resulting symptoms....