Car show honors veterans

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A car show honoring veterans rolled into Evansville on Sunday.

But for one vet the show was about more than shiny chrome and classic cars, "Enjoying car shows. That is my new hobby.  If not, I don't know what I would be doing right now."

Dennis Rose joined the military in 2006.

At the time, he was never very interested in cars but that changed when he returned home from Iraq in 2009 after being injured in an explosion, "Getting out of the military was a hard struggle because I really didn't have too much help.  I kinda was shut in for a little while," said Rose.

He decided to buy himself a Camaro and says that first purchase led him to car shows and the people who attend them.

"I just met all the great people through car shows and everything and it made me realize there is more after the military.  There is still good people in the world," said Rose. "It's been therapeutic.  I mean I built my car and I keep building on it and I think of ways to make it a little more unique."

Rose has turned his Camaro into a memorial, "My plates say Big Red 1.  It's an Iraqi campaign medal, but I lost some friends while I was over there so I dedicated it to the unit I served with."

Now, Rose says he wants to give back to the people who have given him so much since he retired from the military.

He's putting on his own car show in West Frankfort, Illinois in October.

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