Thousands raised in kick-off fundraiser to send veterans to D.C.

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Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:10:35 CST

Some war veterans are having trouble getting to their monuments in Washington D.C. because of the government shutdown.

Btu that's not stopping one local group from taking its first step to heading to the nation's capital.

More than 600 hamburgers were grilled for more than 500 people Wednesday night at the Grand Island VFW.

The kick-off fundraiser brought in nearly $4,000.

The group of more than 300 Hall County Korean War Veterans needs to raise $120,000 before heading to D.C. sometime in the spring.

While the Korean War may be known as the "forgotten war," volunteers are hoping the community will remember these vets.

"We have to honor our veterans; we always have," said organizer Gary Quandt. "My family was raised to take care of your elders and veterans because they have taken care of us, and Hall County has always taken care of its veterans and we'll do the same for our Korean War veterans."

You'll have another chance to grab a burger and help the vets on Oct. 23 or head to the Wood River Legion Club for a pancake feed on Saturday