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‘Wake Up’ crew visits American Heroes Cafe in Wisconsin Rapids

WISCONSIN RAPIDS(WAOW) — The American Heroes Cafe host local veterans every Wednesday and the Wake Up Wisconsin Crew got the chance to experience the warm atmosphere firsthand.

The cafe pops up every Wednesday inside the Crossview Church in Wisconsin Rapids and invites veterans, young and old, as well as first responders for a warm breakfast free of charge.

The cafe started a few years ago at the Lowell Center with about 40 men and women, but quickly outgrew the venue.

“It went from 40 to 70 to 80. We couldn’t sustain that many people because it was against fire code,” said Donna Haack, an Army Veteran from Nekoosa.

The growing group now enjoys a larger space at Crossview, with over 100 attendees weekly.

No matter the branch or background, the area vets share similar experiences in the military.

“You all got that same experience. It’s…brothers and sisters in arms,” said Frank Maly, an Army Veteran from Wisconsin Rapids.

“I was told about this and I came to one of them. And I said ‘Man, this town treats veterans right,'” said Art Rathburn, another Army Veteran from Wisconsin Rapids.

The group welcomes veterans of all ages to attend the American Heroes Cafe.

“It’s a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I encourage veterans at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to come here,” said Anthony Fischer, a Navy Veteran from Stevens Point.

Attending the cafe is an experience unique to the Wisconsin Rapids community.

“There’s nothing that compares to this in another town,” said Rathburn.

For more information about the ‘American Heroes Cafe’ and their schedule, visit their Facebook page here.

Chase McNamara

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