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Local men hope to spark interest to start local chapter of Honor Flight Network

Currently the closest Honor Flight chapters for Syracuse vets are based in Rochester and Albany, leaving a 250-mile gap in Central New York where veterans are unaffiliated with their own chapter. Not only does that mean CNY veterans have to travel to participate with one of those chapters' flights, they are also put on the waiting list for those cities, grouped in with the hundreds of vets already signed up through their local chapter.

Flath said his and Gould's next step would be to visit with local groups, from VFW and American Legion posts to the VA hospital and community service organizations, to spread the word about the effort and raise awareness about Honor Flight.

A lot of veterans don't even know about the program, and when they find out it's free, they often don't believe it, Flath said.

Interested in helping form a local chapter of Honor Flight? E-mail Flath and Gould at honorflightsyracuse@yahoo.com to join their effort. For more information about Honor Flight Network, visit honorflight.org.

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