Governor Evers visits Fort McCoy to provide operational update, shares webpage to help refugees


FORT MCCOY (WKBT) – Governor Tony Evers visited Fort McCoy on Tuesday to provide an update on Afghan refugees in the state and unveiled a new webpage to show people how they can help.

Evers toured Operation Allies Refuge operations and met Afghans already housed at Fort McCoy with North American Command General Glen VanHerck and Major General Paul Knapp, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard.

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit Fort McCoy today to speak with military leaders participating in Operation Allies Refuge, members of the Wisconsin National Guard and many Afghans who are now at Fort. McCoy. Our Afghan allies have a long way to go, and Wisconsin will continue to provide support and assistance to those individuals who have courageously contributed to our nation’s efforts over the past two decades, ”said Evers.

Evers thanked the military leaders and emergency management of Wisconsin for their leadership and support in the mission.

“I am proud of the good job they are doing at Fort McCoy and Volk Field to respond and help our federal partners. Wisconsin remains ready and ready to continue to help in any way possible to ensure a smooth, safe and successful transition for our Afghan allies, ”Evers said.

The Evers administration is coordinating with federal partners to support Afghan refugees and help provide personal goods and supplies to residents.

Anyone interested in helping refugees and in the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan should visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families “How Can I Help?” Page, which is available here.

Republican US Senator Ron Johnson also visited the base on Tuesday, holding a press conference at the Visitor’s Center. See what he had to say here:

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