Nappanee, Ind.-based Newmar Corp. will partner with VetsRoll.org to help honor our country’s veterans by lending a Ventana 4337 diesel motorhome from May 20-23, 2012 to use as the pilot vehicle for the 10 Prevost charter coaches filled with veterans and support staff traveling to Washington, DC. President of VetsRoll.org Mark Finnegan and his family – owners of Finnegan’s’ RV Center, Inc. in South Beloit, Ill., since 1969 – will be piloting the Ventana. VetsRoll.org is a program which has raised funds since 2010 to charter buses to take WWII Veterans and the “Rosie the Riveters” (the ladies who entered the workforce in WWII, allowing our factories to continue running) to experience their memorials. The VetsRoll will start off on May 20 departing Beloit, Wis., at 5:59 a.m. with a total of up to 200 Veterans. The 2012 tour consists of: Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pa.; Iwo Jima Marine Memorial; Korean, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials; Arlington National Cemetery; Tomb of The Unknown Soldier; WWII Memorial in Washington. “It is truly a privilege to provide Vets Roll with my personal motor home for use as a command center to assist with organizing their trip to Washington D.C.”, said Matt Miller president of Newmar Corp. “Honoring these veterans of our great nation, who have served as far back as World War II, on their trip to our nation’s capital is tremendous. I’m glad to be a part of this event in some small way.” Visit www.VetsRoll.org to donate or call 800-383-2267.
Veterans 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is www.vetsroll.org.