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Organizers break ground on Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill Saturday Submitted: 05/19/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Organizers break ground on Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill Saturday
MERRILL - Organizers broke ground on the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill Saturday.

It will serve veterans, boy, girl and cub scouts as well as the community.

Northwoods Veterans Post marketing Chairperson Tracy Jopek lost her son in 2006 when his truck hit a bomb while he was serving oversees in Iraq.

"I'd like to think if he was the one that came home, that he would have a place to go. It's important to not just talk the talk about supporting the military but to actually do it," said Jopek.

Saturday, Jopek and other organizers broke ground on the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill.

"The Northwoods Veterans Post offers a place that we can bring in resources," said Jopek.

Those resources were never offered at the more than 100-year-old Merrill VFW building.

"I have seen them carry people up the stairs. I've watched people who cannot get down the stairs," said Jopek.

Organizers wanted to makes sure veterans could move around their own VFW building.

"These guys deserve more than that," said Jopek.
The 14, 000 square foot building will be on Johnson Street next the Memorial Park Cemetery in Merrill.

Organizers hope this 2.8 million dollar project will give veterans and their families a place to meet.

"It creates a partnership between the community and veterans," said Edsall.

Church Mutual employee Vaughn Edsall said the Company donated 4.3 acres of land for the new veteran's post.

The building will also offer a fitness center, a computer lab, education center and access to recreational activities.

"Be able to provide a space both only for us but for all our community and all our other organizations," said Jopek.

The building is set to be finished in 2020.

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