The 6th Annual Vets Roll Fundraiser kicked off on Sunday at Rascall’s Bar & Grill in Loves Park. According to Debbis Larson the Chairperson for Vets Roll, this trip is special for area veterans to attend. Altogether, this year $16,000 was raised for 220 veterans beating out last year’s total of $14,000.
“You know some of these veterans were never honored and to have this respect and closure on this trip means the world to them”, said Larson.
The trip allows the men and women who served this country a chance to see Washington D.C. and even give some closure. Richard Anderberg, a former Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, went on the 4-day bus ride to the nation’s capitol in May 2018. He says many vets don’t know how much they need this.
“It’s a closing for the veterans is what I would call it because like you said before, we didn’t get any closure back then in those days “, said Anderberg.
Beacause of protest on wars back then, many veterans were not honored when they returned home from fighting.
“I see more acceptance of us today then I did before, I think there’s more awarness brought out today of the veterans. It really is”, said Anderberg.
The fundraiser now in it’s 6th year was held at Rascall’s Bar and Grill in Loves Park on Sunday. The proceeds from today’s event will allow veterans to travel for free. Last year’s event raised $14,000 showing how much this area supports their veterans.
“This is actually making Vets Roll more aware of the Rockford Community”, said Larson.
“The turnout here today is great as far as I’m concern that so many of honor us in that way”, said Richard.
Over 200 veterans from all over at hitting the road in May 19th through the 22nd.