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First group of Afghans comes to Ft. McCoy



Afghan refugees have started to arrive at Fort McCoy. 

The Army base in Monroe County says the first group of special immigrant visa candidates and their families arrived at McCoy on Sunday afternoon. 

People fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover are being accepted at three military locations in the U.S.  

The Fort McCoy staff says about one thousand members of the Army and Army Reserve will be at the local base to support what’s being called “Operation Allies Refuge.”

A release from the Fort says ‘vulnerable’ Afghans and their families will be housed at the three military bases while they apply for visas. 


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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