Whenever a vet’s house needs mending, or a parade needs waving, they come. But Vietnam Veterans of America, out of Waverly, took quite a hit overnight.
Now the chapter needs your help after a trailer filled with thousands of dollars in equipment and tools were stolen.
“I thought it’d never happen in New Johnsonville,” said Darrel Palk, Chair Person with the chapter.
“It’s pretty significant,” added Wayne Woods, chapter president. “Cause like I said we’ve got all our stuff that we use for our fundraisers.”
Some of the chapter’s most precious cargo was stowed away in the trailer until it was lifted from a New Johnsonville parking lot Wednesday morning.
“Our trailer was sitting right by City Hall on the lot,” said Wayne. “I realized the tarp was laying there in the gravel.”
The trailer was long gone, spotted on a nearby surveillance video being towed away by a large pickup truck.
“Anything from hats, to tables, to chairs to all our flags. We’ve probably got $1500 worth of flags in there for each branch of service,” noted Wayne. “So, we’ve probably got $6-8,000 in the trailer that was stolen.”
Wayne and Darrel are both members of the army and they now both hope someone will spot their unique trailer.
Anyone with information should contact New Johnsonville Police.
“I think it’s pretty sorry of them,” said Darrel. “They need to find a job.”