It’s been 19 years since Tony DeJesus, of Big Blue Bug Solutions, started Operation ROVAC (Remember Our Veterans At Christmas), an event that has come to be as iconic during Christmas in Rhode Island as Nibbles Woodaway, the Big Blue Bug that stands guard over Interstate 95 in Providence. Operation ROVAC began when it came to Tony's attention that so many area veterans were without family or friends to celebrate the holidays. And now nearly two decades later, his caring, compassion and dedication have allowed thousands of area veterans to know just how much the citizens of Southern New England appreciate their service.
Tony and Operation ROVAC ask for donated unwrapped gifts that are collected and delivered to the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, Rhode Island. "All too often, our older veterans are left without family, friends, and gifts during the holiday season," said DeJesus. "We want to make sure they are never, ever forgotten."