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Souls of Honor to change name, restructure with new leadership

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -

Veterans assistance group Soul of Honor plans to move forward under a different name after its former president was accused of lying about his military past. 

A watchdog group uncovered documents showing Ronald Worthey did not serve in Vietnam and did not receive a Purple Heart or Silver Star like he claimed to have done.

Souls of Honor was founded in 2014. The name is well-known across the state. But the group's acting president said in the aftermath of the Worthey news - change is needed. 

"We will be changing the name, because now it's tarnished," said Randy Pliska.

Regardless, Pliska wants to reassure the community the group will continue its mission, just under new leadership.

"They've signed their name on the line saying that they're giving their life to their country," said Pliska. "And anyone who's done that deserves to have somebody watching their back."

The group will elect new leadership over the next couple of months.

News 9 called and emailed Worthey again Tuesday, but did not hear back. 

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