ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Alarmed by the suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder rates of young veterans, an area man decided to do something with the help of a truck and a few American flags.
Nick Parnello is the founder of Operation Fallen Flags. About a year and a half ago he started the process of getting a truck to help younger vets. Through Operation Fallen Flags, a group of veterans younger and older will travel around the area in a truck replacing flags in the community. Parnello feels the act of patriotism will help the mental health of veterans.
“I can’t tell you the miracles that have happened with people in the community helping to get us to where it is today,” says Parnello. “It still needs some work, mechanical things but the outside's looking good. We just love her, we call her Ms. Glory. She's the only one of a kind in the United States doing what it does.”
Parnello says he, the vets and the Glory Truck will head out anytime anyone asks them to replace a torn or old flag.