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VetsRoll Inc

CLOSURE*GRATITUDE*RESPECT

aka VetsRoll.org or VetsRoll   |   South Beloit, IL   |  www.VetsRoll.org

Mission

To provide CLOSURE*GRATITUDE*RESPECT to America's senior-most Veterans for the incredible sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom!.

Ruling year info

2010

President & Co-Founder

Mr Mark D Finnegan

Main address

1777 Gardner Street

South Beloit, IL 61080 USA

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EIN

27-2072089

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2010, we learned of the wonderful Honor Flight Network, flying our senior Veterans to Washington, DC. The largest issue (in our estimation) is the extremely long day for these senior travelers. As an RV dealership, we studied the logistics of a similar trip, but slowing it down and doing it by ground. The first year we used 9 RV's and 3 charter coaches, but since that trip, we use a caravan of ten charters coaches and a pilot coach with a 'chase' van. We feel that providing a ground transportation option allows for shorter days of travel, less stress and more opportunity to build relationships with fellow travelers. A side benefit is the additional first day stop at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH to tour the National Museum of the USAF. We also looked to fill the void in the hearts of our senior heroes of not fully knowing if their sacrifices were appreciated.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

VetsRoll, Inc

Providing annual, no cost, 4-day trips of Closure*Gratitude*Respect to America's senior Veterans and 'Rosie-the-Riveters'.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Seniors

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Simply put...CLOSURE*GRATITUDE*RESPECT for our nation's senior heroes (including the 'Rosie-the-Riveters' of the WWII Era).

We did not fully realize the first few years how we were filling the need for healing and appreciation of service, but soon saw that with the Honor Flight, the Veterans are geographically from the same general area, have assigned flight seats and guardians and only one very fast day of travel to share fellowship.

On the VetsRoll trip, our heroes come from across America to travel over four days and nights and, while they may be strangers at departure, they soon learn they are all 'brothers and sisters', ready to share intimate memories with one another.

We provide State Patrol and motorcycle escorts from start to finish, across eight States and DC. The Veterans/Rosies are housed in 4-star hotels (Marriott and Hilton) and dine in 4-star banquet facilities!

We caravan in a convoy of ten 56-passenger, luxury charter coaches, a pilot coach and a 'chase' van. At the time of this entry, we treat honorably discharged Veterans of 1966 and earlier (active duty with an honorable discharge), eventually moving into the later Vietnam years (we have a substantial back-log).

Of the +/-400 people on the trip, there are 220 Veterans/Rosies; 170 assistants and ten bus drivers.

Included in the 170 assistants are 30+ medically trained people (Paramedics, EMT's, LPN's, NP's, RN's, Dietitians, Physical Therapists, Pharmacist, Oxygen Techs, CNA's, Clinical Psychologists, etc), wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen and more, to assure a seamless experience for our heroes and ten teams of bus leaders.

Our volunteers pay their own way to be sure this is the trip of a lifetime!

We raise funds all year long, to be able to afford the absolute finest quality transportation, lodging, meals, escorts, etc.

Our Board passionately enhances the experience each year, by attracting the finest quality volunteers, developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), an assistant training video, a series of award-winning trip videos, etc.

Each year we send the current year's travelers a USB flash drive with the video and thousands of photos, as a Christmas gift.

Since our program has been embraced by thousands of supporters and donors, we are able to make financial decisions to continually better the experience for the next year's guests.

VetsRoll® 10 Tidbits*

*Numbers include VetsRoll 10 trip on May 19-22, 2019 (Updated 7-31-20)


WWII, Korean & Vietnam Era Veterans/ ’Rosies’ to have taken this journey*: +/-1965


Hotel Rooms Provided*: +/-5600


Meals Served*: +/-41,200


Miles Traveled by Convoy*: +/-242,000


States Served*:
(Includes Assistant applications- some may have canceled before their trip)

35-Total

AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY

Top three cities for Veterans & ‘Rosies’:

#1: Rockford, IL #2: Janesville, WI #3: Beloit, WI

2014 WI Governor Walker Certificate of Appreciation Recipient
2014 WI Dept of Veterans Affairs State Program Honoree
2014 Rock County Hall of Honor Inductees
2014 BIFF/Ken Hendricks Award for Excellence in Cinematography
2013 IL Governor Quinn Volunteerism Award
2013 WI State Legislature Hometown Heroes Recipient
2013 IL State Senate Commendation
2013 IL House of Representatives Commendation
2012 MD State Legislature Commendation
2012 WI State Assembly Commendation
2012 Red Cross Heroes Award Recipient
2012 D.A.R. Award Recipient
2011 Laurence A Raymer Headliner Recipient

Financials

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VetsRoll Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Finnegan

VetsRoll, Inc

Term: 2010 - 2030

John Finnegan

Finnegan's RV Center, Inc.

Holly Jensen

Jennifer Jensen

Terry Flicek

Dan Schreiber

William Kutz

Michael Jordan

Trey Taylor

Lanny Wong

Darlene Finnegan

Mark Strasser

Mark Finnegan