Romona's Kids: Teen raises money to help veterans

SHEFFIELD LAKE, OH (WOIO) - While many teenage boys are thinking about learning to drive or getting the latest video game, one local student has a plan to help veterans returning from war zones.

Cleveland 19 found this week's Romona's Kid in Sheffield Lake.

John Stellakis, 16, is looking online for a vehicle -- not a car for himself, but a World War II Jeep.

"I'm a World War II re-enactor and I'm a military history buff," said Stellakis.

His basement is filled with uniforms and gear, like an original helmet from 1944, the year of the D-Day invasion. Stellakis has been collecting since fourth grade, and even has his own YouTube Channel.

There's now a GoFundMe account for the jeep.

"I'm going to be putting the Jeep in parades, military shows and car shows to get donation money to give to the VFW, and veterans with disabilities," said Stellakis.

He got the idea after meeting a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"He told me the horrors of what he had to experience," said Stellakis. "I just want to help veterans with PTSD and other disabilities."

This Eagle Scout even plans to serve the U.S. in the Air Force, like his dad.

"It's very important that we don't overlook the people who have been out fighting for our country," said Stellakis.

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