To the editor:
A suggestion for Father’s Day June 15: give your WWII, Korean War or terminally ill veteran father or grandfather the gift of a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit monuments dedicated to their honor.
Honor Flight Syracuse will transport these veterans free of charge. Later era veterans will go on future missions. So far, 148 veterans from Central New York, Northern New York and the Mohawk Valley have experienced the one-day mission to date.
Mission 004 is scheduled for Oct. 4, 2014.
You give the gift by getting an application from honorflightsyracuse.org and helping your veteran complete it and send it.
A guardian accompanies each veteran. The guardian needs to be able-bodied and physically capable of walking/pushing a wheel chair considerable distances. Honor Flight provides a wheel chair for each veteran. A guardian application needs to be completed and submitted with the veteran's. Family members (maximum age 65) are welcome to apply to be Guardians.
The veteran application asks many health-related questions, not to disqualify applicants, but to allow the staff of nurses on every flight to attend to each veteran's specific health needs.
The return flight is greeted by a Syracuse reception that can never be forgotten. It is indeed the best gift your veteran will ever have.
No dad or grandpa veteran to give it to? You can give it to a lady veteran or a friend.
I was fortunate to go on unforgettable Mission 002.