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February 26, 2010

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Military personnel residing at McCoy
asked to complete Census form

Military personnel living at Fort McCoy in a permanent or semi-permanent status will receive a 2010 Census questionnaire.

Michael Ray and David Ness of the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, visited Fort McCoy in early February to discuss census procedures with Fort McCoy officials. The meeting identified all Fort McCoy housing where servicemembers stationed at Fort McCoy would live for more than six months.

PHOTO: David Ness (left) and Michael Ray of the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, talk about the 2010 Census procedure at Fort McCoy with members of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources. Photo by Rob Schuette
David Ness (left) and Michael Ray of the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, talk about the 2010 Census procedure at Fort McCoy with members of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources.
Photo by Rob Schuette 

Census forms will be mailed to these addresses April 1.

Everybody will receive a 10-question Census form.

The U.S. Census would prefer to receive the information through the mail. If questionnaires aren’t returned, Census personnel will begin to conduct in-person visits on or after May 1, Ray said.

“It’s important to fill out a Census form,” Ray said.

Data collected is used to determine the number of representatives each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as to make federal funding decisions, such as money sent to states for roads, etc., Ness added.

“The privacy of the information submitted through the Census is kept strictly confidential,” Ness said. “It is sealed for 72 years after the Census.”

Many people who are conducting genealogical studies of their family trees find this information very useful, he said.

For more information about the 2010 U.S. Census at Fort McCoy, military personnel can contact unit administrators or chains of command, or call Fort McCoy’s point of contact, Capt. Doug Westbrook, at 608-388-7652.

For more information about the 2010 U.S. Census, visit the Web site http://www.2010census.gov.

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