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Wisconsin holding two official Veterans Day programs

Veterans Day
Veterans Day

KING, WI (WTAQ) - It's Veterans Day -- and while it's a business day for most of us, officials hope we'll take a moment to remember veterans who've preserved our freedoms. 

The state is holding two official programs Monday at the Veterans' Homes at King in Waupaca County and Union Grove in Racine County. 

Also, Marcus Theaters are showing movies about the Honor Flight program. They're free for veterans and military members. 

Almost 400,000 veterans live in Wisconsin. Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos says the Badger State is the best for veterans with a host of outreach programs that include job fairs, and efforts to deal with drug and mental health issues. 

Scocos said his agency is also working with the national VA to combat suicides among veterans.

Scocus tells the Wisconsin Radio Network, "We've seen that if we don't reach out to that veteran within the first six months in the issues he or she might have, we'll probably lose that veteran."

Scocos also highlights the veterans' resource center his agency opened a year ago. It has handled 8,000 calls, plus interactive chats as part of the state's efforts to remain in touch with vets. 

The state has been saluting them all weekend. 

Events included a program Sunday in Chippewa Falls, a female veterans' expo in Janesville on Saturday, and a State Capitol observance Friday in which the Vietnam War was given a special remembrance.

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