Thirty one Veterans (pictured above) from World War II, the Korea Conflict and two from the Vietnam era joined the Honor Fflight Family in October 2013. Though a challenge with the government shutdown happening only three days before, the tour was a huge success. After moving some barricades on October 8th, the veterans were able to visit all of the memorials that were built to pay tribute to the many sacrifices they endured. Also, for the first time, the Veterans were able to visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they witnessed the Changing of the Guard. Currently over 264 Veterans wear the Honor Flight yellow jacket thanks to the generosity of a very grateful community.
Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico was established in 2008 by business and community leaders who were devoted to honoring our Veterans. October 2014 will mark our seventh flight back to Washington DC allowing Veterans the opportunity to see their memorial. In the past our focus has been on honoring the WWII Veterans, our most senior heroes also known as THE GREATEST GENERATION.
In the first six years of the program, through the generosity of the community tribute has been paid to 228 WWII veterans. Additionally 32 Korean War veterans and 4 Vietnam terminally ill veterans have also been honored.
2014 brings another important change. We would like to officially welcome all Veterans from El Paso, Texas to the Honor Flight of So. New Mexico program. There was not a Honor Flight hub in the El Paso community, and with their close proximity to the hub in Southern New Mexico, merging only made sense. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR ALL OF OUR VETERANS, no matter where they live. It is all about the Veterans and getting them back to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that their bravery inspired.
The next Honor Flight tour is scheduled for October 6 - 8, 2014. Sixty one veterans will be on the tour. We have no more slots available. There is a waiting list for next year already and since it is first come - first serve, do not hesitate to send your application in now. It is important to note though that any veteran from any conflict that is considered terminally ill will be moved to the top of list if his or her personal physician approves the travel.
This is a special event honoring the men and women who served our country ensuring the many freedoms that all of us Americans enjoy today. It will be a day of recognition and tribute for the Veterans' service and sacrifices.
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Due to airline costs literally doubling in the last month, we have been forced to increase fees.
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-Guardians will be asked to contribute $1,400
Angels will be asked to contribute $1,500.
These fees cover all expenses - lodging, transportations, meals.
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ADOPT A VETERAN PROGRAM
The “ADOPT A VETERAN” program was started in 2012 and has enjoyed enthusiastic support with the community adopting 26 Veterans that first year and 26 more in 2013.The adoption fee is $1,000 and covers most of the Veterans expenses. Individuals or organizations that adopt a veteran will be listed in our banquet program and will be invited to the annual veteran reunion where they will be presented a plaque commemorating the donation.One may also"ADOPT-A-VETERAN" in memory of ........ or in honor of someone special. This dedication will be inscribed on your plaque.
Please note though that it is not necessary to “ADOPT-A-VETERAN” to make this trip a reality for a Veteran; donations of lesser amounts are also appreciated. Any monetary contribution will help. The number of veterans we can accommodate each year is totally dependent on the funds we raise.
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