On the shores of Big Carr Lake, in the heart of the north woods, there is a haven with a mission to provide rest, relaxation, recuperation and rehabilitation to Wisconsin veterans of all ages, active-duty military service members and their families.
Camp Legion serves those who have a physical or psychological medical condition, any and all types of service and non-service related illnesses, injuries or disabilities. To help with “psychological” conditions, Camp Legion assists those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Combat Operational Stress, dementia and bipolar conditions along with many other related emotional and cultural issues to get them back on their feet to good health.
Camp American Legion is also a place for family reintegration and to support service members’ deployment. Veterans’ families and children are welcome as well, since our goal is to help families get back together, reconnect and bond together, it’s an opportunity to help the whole family heal. This opportunity is open to survivor families of the fallen veterans, to assist them with their grief process, remembrance and healing.
Eligibility is any Wisconsin veteran or active-duty personnel with a physician-documented physical or psychological illness, injury or disability, active-duty military recently (within the last nine months) returned from a deployment and any survivor family of a fallen veteran who has recently (over the past year) lost a service member.
The American Legion of Wisconsin provides the funding to operate the camp and veterans are eligible for one-week free stay, including eligible dependents.
It’s more of a resort than a camp. No one sits around motionless, hurting or sleeping at this camp. It is a place to fish, boat, swim, craft, hike, play games and so much more. Having fun is your only concern at the camp.
Camp American Legion opens on Memorial Day and closes the Sunday after Labor Day. All veterans should plan for a week stay; the weeks start on Monday (10 a.m.) and go through Sunday (10 a.m.). Reservations are based on availability of cabins and beds.
Applications will be accepted Jan. 1 through Aug. 31. An application form may be obtained on the website at www.wilegion.org/page/content/services/camp-how-to-apply. For more information about attending Camp American Legion, call Kevin Moshea (camp director) at (715) 277-2510 or email him at email@example.com or call or visit your Racine County Veterans Service Officer Ali Nelson at (262) 638-6667, located at 1717 Taylor Ave.