Members of Wisconsin GOP visit Fort McCoy and give high praise to leaders

FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WKBT)- U.S. Senator Ron Johnson described the entire Afghanistan situation as chaotic.

After going inside Fort McCoy and seeing things in person, he has full confidence the leaders at Fort McCoy are ready to take in more Afghan refugees.

As Fort McCoy prepares to bring in more Afgan Refugees, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson made it clear that the United States has a big responsibility to keep them safe.

“People from Afghanistan put their lives at risk to save American lives, so they are very vested in having an organized process for those individuals whose lives are at great risk now within the chaos of Afghanistan, in helping get those individuals here safely in America,” said U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin).

Johnson also says these refugees have a lot in common with American citizens.

“The vast majority are here wanting what we want, freedom. An opportunity to raise their family, safety, and security with opportunity,” said Johnson.

Johnson says Fort McCoy was given just 10 days to prepare for up to 10,000 refugees.

The senator said after touring the installation, he has great confidence in the leaders who will take care of them.

“The finest among us, the men and women of the military on this base, Fort McCoy, will do everything they can to serve honorably and to do as the best job they can to help the people coming here and keep this country safe,” said Johnson.

State Representative Patrick Testin also toured the base and says the refugees already here are living in barracks, getting food, and medical treatment.

“They are being taken care of really well, medical screenings as they come in, they are being tested for COVID and taken proper protocols, they will have the option if they so chose to receive the COVID vaccine,” said State Representative, Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point).

Senator Ron Johnson says this mission still has a long way to go before its complete, but he wants the local community and the entire State of Wisconsin to know they can feel safe.

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