Free root beer floats August 6 to help disabled veterans

Published: Aug. 1, 2018 at 3:59 PM CDT
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If you're in the mood for a free root beer float, then mark this coming Monday on your calendar.

You can also help out Wisconsin's disabled veterans in the process.

More than a dozen DAV vans are on the move every day around the state, racking up nearly a million miles each year giving more than 40,000 free rides to disabled American veterans.

"Empowering veterans and ensuring they have lives of dignity and respect, and the funds that are raised from this event we are able to channel those so that veterans are able to get those transportation needs for their medical appointments met," says Michael Hert, DAV State Commander.

"The biggest expense are these vans. They cost a pretty penny and we only can run them for about 2 or 3 years and we run them out -- 150,000 miles they go off the road, and we can do that in 3 years real easy," adds DAV volunteer driver Tom Case.

To raise funds for this mission of compassion, 23 A&W's in Northeast Wisconsin are giving free root beer floats to encourage donations to the DAV, Monday, August 6, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

They hope to be busy.

"It's for the DAV, and we love doing it. All hands on deck. We are definitely ready to go. Our ice cream machines are running up at full capacity, we make sure our root beer tanks are full with fresh made root beer in the morning, and we're ready to rock and roll at 2 o'clock in the afternoon," says A&W District Manager Tony Kalous.

Since the end of World War I, DAV has existed thanks to community support and volunteers.

In Wisconsin, there are 15,000 current DAV members, and they're hoping a root beer float sounds tasty next Monday.

"By people coming to A&W, making that donation, having it go to the DAV, they literally ensure that the vans are going to be there, and that those wheels will keep turning and those good-hearted veterans will get to those well-deserved medical appointments," says Hert.