GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - The parking lot of the VA was filled with vintage cars sporting chrome bumpers and pastel leather interiors. For some, it's an opportunity to talk to other classic car fanatics; for a lot of veterans, it's a trip down memory lane.
Because most of the vets living in the VA are wheelchair bound and don’t get out very often, the car show is brought to them. For many, it was a chance to see the cars of their childhoods. It was a free event for car clubs and spectators to come out and have coffee and a bite to eat.
“It’s important to do anything you can do for veterans. You’ve got guys here in this thing that are World War Two veterans. You don’t have to speak Japanese or German because of those people. I’m a Vietnam veteran, but we didn’t fight a war compared to those guys,” says car enthusiast Dennis Collins.
This was a free event, but the organizers asked for donations to go towards funding supplies that the vets don't get from the VA, like hygiene products and entertainment.