Ice Age Trail veterans stop in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – Veterans who pledged to travel 1,200 miles on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin have stopped at Wausau Foreign War Veterans Station 388.

The trail is traveled by many veterans a part of Warrior expeditions, a non-profit organization that teaches veterans how to use the outdoors to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fighting veterans Sean McConaghy and Brady Maxwell have covered over 600 miles to Wausau and have another 600 miles to go.

“It allows me to focus on myself, especially my physical health,” Maxwell explained. “My takeaways, I hope I will gain stamina. “

Veterans are hosted by their military comrades, civilians, businesses and even parks departments across the state on their trail.

Wausau’s foreign war veterans have welcomed servicemen and women five times. On Wednesday, the veterans enjoyed a potluck dinner prepared by VFW.

“We have pulled pork and there are two different kinds of potatoes,” said VFW commander Dan Southworth. “We have a hot tater-tot dish and various desserts. I couldn’t even tell you all we have.

The veterans said it was a different meal than what they were used to.

“Right now in my food bag,” Maxwell explained, “I think I have bags of tuna and cheddar mashed potatoes.”

The next stop veterans will make is Antigo, according to McConaghy.

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