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Local groups support RV dealer’s project to serve veterans

(March 9, 2011) --  VetsRoll.org provides safe ground transportation and an enjoyable experience for World War II and Korean-era U.S. military veterans and “Rosie-the-Riveters” to visit their war memorials and other related sites in the Washington, D.C., area. 

ROCKFORD, Ill. – Veterans Bill Tratnik and Bill Perkins know firsthand the respect, honor and dignity associated with the VetsRoll.org organization.

VetsRoll.org provides safe ground transportation and an enjoyable experience for World War II and Korean-era U.S. military veterans and “Rosie-the-Riveters” to visit their war memorials (and other related sites) in the Washington, D.C., area. The cost to the participating veterans is free. Expenses for the trip are paid through fundraising and donations.

On Thursday, Tratnik and Perkins will present a $3,000 donation to VetsRoll.org from the United Auto Workers Rockford Area CAP Council to help fund this year’s trip.

In addition, Veterans Gary Tallard and Lee Antwine from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 392 are presenting a $1,200 donation from their organization.

VetsRoll.org is a 100 percent volunteer not-for-profit Wisconsin corporation, headed up by John and Mark Finnegan, of Finnegans’ RV Center, Inc in South Beloit, Ill. The entire organization consists of 100 percent volunteer helpers. The volunteers of VetsRoll.org have recognized the urgent need to transport the aging Veterans of WWII as soon as feasibly possible.

The veterans of the greatest generation are passing away at an estimated 1,000 veterans per day, said Finnegan.

“The UAW Rockford Area CAP Council and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 392 believe United States Veterans deserve the appreciation and respect of all Americans,” he said. “It is through their dedication and loyalty to their country that we enjoy the freedoms for which they so honorably fought. We also encourage other Rockford area community organizations to get involved to help our Veterans realize the gratitude they so richly deserve.”

The cost per veteran for the VetsRoll.org trip is $600, said Finnegan. “We would like to challenge other organizations to sponsor at least one veteran to show their appreciation for these veterans having served heroically for our country,” he added.

For more information, e-mail mark@vetsroll.org or visit www.vetsroll.org.

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One comment

  1. As a vet myself, and being the son of a WW2 vet, Finnegan’s and its owners are to be congratulated and thanked for their efforts to make sure that vets get a chance to see the memorial that their sacrifice made possible in this great country of our’s. Their program is a great gift to vets and I hope that those who never served contribute to the VetsRoll.org so that more of our remaining veterans will understand the great appreciation and gratitude that we all feel for their sacrifice. They truly are from the greatest generation.

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