The Mission of Honor Flight
To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Applications for Honor Flights are open to World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.
Currently, World War II veterans have priority as well they should. As of June 2014, there were an estimated 1 million American World War II veterans still alive. Roughly 555 veterans die per day, according to the Veterans Administration, and most living veterans are in their 80s and 90s.
(My city of Austin just lost Mr. Richard Arvin Overton on 12/27/18. He was an American supercentenarian who at age 112 years, 230 days was the oldest verified surviving U.S. World War II veteran and oldest man in the United States. He served in the United States Army. He traveled on the Honor Flight 3 times and all who traveled with him were in awe and greatly honored.)
It was my honor to be onboard Honor Flight Austin #54 with 41 other female veterans. If you are interested in reading it and seeing some of the photos: Honor Flight Austin #54 - 2nd All Female Veterans. It was an emotional and challenging trip but affected me enough that when I came home, I held a fund-raiser in order to sponsor other veterans on their Honor Flight!!
My littlest dog, Penny, was hoping I wouldn't notice her and that she could go with me. That didn't happen!!
I was also honored when local station KVUE - Fox on 7's Rebecca Thomas called and asked if she could come and interview me on behalf of veterans who tend to keep more to the shadows and are concerned about the trip. It was a special they were doing on Honor Flight Austin as an organization and specifically Flight #54 (All Women Veterans) and Flight #55 (African American Veterans). I hope you'll click on the link and check it out: 2018 FOX 7 Austin Honor Flight Special