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Vets Roll Cause Attracting New Funding Help

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March 9, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

index2_03Veterans Bill Tratnik and Bill Perkins know firsthand the respect, honor and dignity associated with the VetsRoll.org organization.

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

Tratnik and Perkins are presenting a $3,000 donation from the UAW Rockford Area CAP Council to VetsRoll.org to help fund this year’s trip, scheduled for May 16-19, according to a news release. 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% 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% volunteer helpers. The volunteers of VetsRoll.org have recognized the urgent need to transport the aging Veterans of WWII as soon as feasibly possible. World War II vets are dying at the rate of 1,000 per day, according to some estimates.

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. 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. The organization challenged other Rockford area organizations to sponsor at least one veteran to show their appreciation for these veterans having served heroically for our country.

For more information contact Mark Finnegan at (608) 207-8319 or mark@vetsroll.org. Their website is www.vetsroll.org.

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