Roll Call Background
In 2014, a Fort Worth native and businessman, Kevin Boldt, wanted to honor WWII veterans by taking them to lunch to show appreciation for their service. Kevin had an interest in military history since many of his family members served, including himself. He took a group of about fifteen WWII veterans to lunch; the following month there were about thirty. Each month the group has continued to grow until we are averaging around 275 – 300 people in attendance each month, with the majority of those being veterans.
In 2016, the monthly veterans luncheon was expanded into a larger vision of serving and honoring veterans in our community, including a Befriend-a-Vet/home visitation program, creating internship opportunities for college students and service learning projects for high school and junior high students, as well as other community outreach and education programs. Thus, Roll Call was established. In early 2017 Roll Call received its non-profit status for veterans 501(c)(19) designation, and on 10 July 2018 its tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation.