The organization holds a Veterans Memorial car show in Pearl

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – The SHIELD Corvette Club founder says she started the organization to honor fallen veterans and those serving now.

Some corvettes were new, some were classics, and some were brilliant.

“There’s a pride that comes with having a nice car,” said Corvettes for Vets participant Paul Collins.

Pride is what helps Collins keep his car looking like new. However, his appreciation for veterans is what brought him to Vets for Vets. His little red corvette, also known as “Red Tail”, pays homage to the Tuskegee aviator.

“I wanted to represent them as well as they represented America in its fight for freedom,” Collins said.

Every corvette owner or spectator of this fundraiser gives back to a greater cause.

“We are doing everything we can given our resources,” Chuck Odom said.

Odom runs the Vietnam Veterans of America program. He says he is grateful to have been adopted by the SHIELD Corvette Club. Last year alone, donations from this fundraiser enabled them to buy wheelchairs and build ramps for veterans in need.

“We take care of our own,” Odom said.

The community works to take care of them.

“We want to commemorate them and appreciate them for all the hard work they’ve done,” said SHIELD Corvette Club Founder Anjanise George.

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