In the 608: Local man helping homeless vets with Always Remembered Flags

MADISON, Wis. — Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and this is the time of year that really gets one Wisconsin veteran excited to help out those in need.

You’ll find Mac McClatchey driving all around the 608, and really across the state, hauling what he calls his mobile unit. It’s not just any trailer; this one is extra special to Mac, one he runs Always Remembered Flags out of.

His non-profit started about ten years ago with the mission of helping homeless veterans. The AR Flag symbolizes and acknowledges everyone who has, are, or will serve in the military.

Since working with the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin, he’s been able to help 35 veterans.

“Either you do it 100% or you don’t do it at all. My daddy brought me up that way,” Mac explained. “My biggest problem is I have to work harder than anybody else to get there, but that’s fine, too. The greatest thing is I’ve got my wife who has supported me continuously.”

Mac’s wife, Carol helps him out with some of the administrative work that goes along with the job, but he’s the one you’ll find manning the trailer at area events and parades.

He sells some items, like t-shirts and plaques made locally, where 10% of the sales go to the homeless vets and 90% of the sales go toward supporting the mission. All donations raised go directly to helping homeless vets of Wisconsin. They’re able to buy what’s essential in moving veterans from a homeless status to housing and all the things needed in between.

“I don’t think of it as passion,” Mac added. “It’s not about me at all. It’s not about me at all. It’s about those people that need the step up.”

This weekend, you’ll be able to find mac in Oconomowoc on Saturday at the Honor Ride Celebration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and then at the Texas Roadhouse on Madison’s east side on Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more about AR Flags, click here.