Making a Difference: Vets Roll helps veterans see monuments

Published: May. 15, 2018 at 10:07 PM CDT
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It’s a journey for more than 200 veterans and “Rosies” to Washington D.C., to see the service and war memorials built in their honor.

Co-Founder and President of Vets Roll, Mark Finnegan, joined NBC15’s John Stofflet to talk about getting ready for the 2018 Vets Roll trip.

Finnegan says he and his brother were inspired to create Vets Roll in honor of their late father, “Cy” Thomas Nicholas Finnegan, who was a U.S. Navy Motor Machinist. They continue the program because according to Finnegan, veterans are passing away at an estimated 1,000 veterans per day. He believes they deserve to see and experience their memorials.

The group travels in coach buses and it is free for veterans, thanks to sponsors and donors. They leave from and return to Beloit.

The Vets Roll trip happens every May, the week before Memorial Day weekend.

Finnegan and his team will take another group of veterans to D.C. next week.

For more information on applying for the program, or how you can help,