Tomah Chamber of Commerce looking for volunteers to ‘adopt a soldier’

About 30 soldiers unable to get home for 4th of July weekend

The Tomah Chamber of Commerce is asking for your help in making this holiday weekend a special one for those defending our freedom.

It’s training season at Fort McCoy, so groups of soldiers from across the country are currently at the base. Unfortunately, due to the timing of some drills, there’s a group of soldiers that weren’t able to make it home for the 4th of July.

In order to still make the holiday special for those soldiers, officials at Fort McCoy reached out to the Tomah Chamber of Commerce.

“They asked us if we could work with our networking opportunities and see if there was anyone in the community that could help about 30 soldiers with finding activities to do and kind of adopting them for the day, including them in their family plans,” said executive director Tina Thompson.

Chamber of Commerce officials say hosting the soldiers for any event — whether it’s a barbecue or a local community event — would go a long way in giving the soldiers a taste of home.

If you’re interested in inviting one of those soldiers to attend your holiday weekend plans, you can contact 1SG James F. Fuqua at (608) 388-8698 or send an e-mail to