Disabled American Veterans raises funds for local vet programs

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RENO, NV (KOLO) Frank Greenwood is a tough guy to say no to. With the Disabled American Veterans Reno Chapter, this is his third day of an 86-day fundraiser.

“Take care of our own. Our motto is “Veterans helping Veterans”, and that's how we make it happen,” says Greenwood.

For the last 15 years over the summer months, Frank and other volunteers have been out in front of the Sportsman's Warehouse on Kietzke Lane asking people if they want to buy a chance at one of five prizes, this year worth more than $20,000.

They include a Z-Force ATV and a Jumping Jack Trailer that sleeps six.

Tickets are $10 and the winner will be announced August 24 at an annual BBQ for veterans in the very same parking lot.

”We are going to be giving away a Green Mountain Grill right before we do the main prizes,” says Greenwood. “We are going to feed them and provide them with music, just make it a fun day,” he says.

The goal is to raise more than $100,000.

That money goes to local programs that help local veterans, like the free medical shuttle which transports vets to and from their medical appointments.

Honor Flight, in which veterans go back to Washington DC to see the memorials dedicated to their service, is also funded through the DAV.

Scholarships to UNR and Truckee Meadows Community College are also awarded thanks to the DAV.

If you aren't interested in a door prize, or grand prize, you can always make a donation to the organization at any time during the 86-day fundraiser. Just look for the white tent out in front of the Sportsman's Warehouse.

Frank and others will be there rain or shine during normal day light hours. They’ll take a break, though, July 4.

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