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Camp American Legion breaks ground on new memorialSubmitted: 06/20/2018
Story By Thomas Goris

Camp American Legion breaks ground on new memorial
LAKE TOMAHAWK -
A U.S. Marine wanted a special cabin where veterans and their families could grieve the loss of others.

Matt Raimer never got to see that cabin built.  He lived until he was 25.  Now, Raimer's family is teaming with Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk to build Matt's dream.

Work started on a project at Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk Wednesday.

The project offers families of America's fallen service members a place to heal and grieve away from the noise of daily life.


A 1,900 square foot secluded lakeside cabin is the centerpiece of the project.

It will include a full kitchen, serenity room, bed rooms, and more.

Camp Director Don Grundy hopes the cabin will offer grieving families a place to heal together.

"My hope is that, when these families pull in the driveway here, and they unpack their bags, that they know their loved ones are with them, and that they're here and there's no one else who's going to interrupt them." said Grundy.

Grundy knows the grieving process is a difficult one, and he hopes the cabin will offer families a special spot to heal together.

"Everybody grieves a little different but that process is a journey, a lifelong journey, so it's for those families to come and grieve and have a safe place to be to do that. To bring their families together and do that together," said Grundy.

Raimer's family told Newswatch 12 the cabin will honor him and his sister, Laticia, who lived to be only 16.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs was on hand to donate a check of more than $70,000 to the Camp, which will fund general operations there.

Grundy says the cabin project is close to its $300,000 funding goal.

People can donate to the Families of the Fallen project on the Camp American Legion website.

Editor's note: an earlier version of this story inaccurately stated the Wisconsin DVA's check went to the cabin project.  The check was presented during the ceremony, but the money is for general Camp American Legion functions.  Newswatch 12 regrets the error.


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