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Veterans’ group coming to Eau Claire

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Western Wisconsin (WQOW)- A new veterans group is in the works in Eau Claire and Globe University is stepping up to the plate to get it done.

"Those people who want to continue to serve their community and their nation join AMVETS," explains John Nebelsiek, a member of the AMVETS Chippewa Falls Chapter.  Things are going well for the organization.  So well, he wants to form another in Eau Claire.  He expects it will grow even faster than what he's seen in Chippewa Falls.  That group started with 15 members, but now has more than 60.

"Our youngest veteran is about 19 years old and our oldest veteran is about 87.  He is a World War II veteran," points out Nebelsiek.

The organization helps with numerous events that benefit the community; including work with the Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and the Red Cross just to name a few.  But what separates the group from so many others is that veterans aren't turned away at the door.

"Different veterans' organizations have different charters from Congress on who they can allow to join," he explains.  "So the VFW, you have to have been in what used to be referred to as a combat zone.  For the American Legion, you have to have served during active duty for 30 days or more during a time of conflict."

There aren't any restrictions to join AMVETS; as long as you are a veteran that is.  But none of this would be possible without Globe University allowing AMVETS to use its space for meetings, all free of charge.

"We're just as excited as AMVETS is to have them here," says Globe University Campus Director Wes Escondo.  "Globe University has always been an applied learning type of organization.  So anytime we have an opportunity to bring in an additional resource to campus, we are going to do it."

There will be an information meeting on Tuesday at Globe University that begins at 6 p.m. for veterans interested in joining the Eau Claire branch.  The group will form as long as at least 10 people sign up.

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