September 1 is the deadline for Vietnam veterans to use for San Diego Honor Flight’s November journey to Washington, D.C.
The group will take Vietnam veterans to the nation’s capital for the primary time Sept. 30-Oct. 2 after escorting almost 1,500 World Battle II and Korean Battle veterans since 2010.
The September flight is reserved for Navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves veterans. The Seawolves supplied air assist to Navy SEALs, Swift Boat crews and Patrol Boats on the Mekong River and within the Mekong Delta through the Vietnam Battle.
The November flight, known as an Award flight, is open to Vietnam veterans who earned a Purple Coronary heart or a better private award for his or her navy actions.
To use, go to this web page.
The second fall flight was introduced following donations from foundations, organizations and grants that permit veterans to take their Honor Flight freed from cost.
The Thursday Membership Juniors held a fundraiser and donated greater than $100,000 to Honor Flight San Diego, organizers mentioned.
Round 60,000 Vietnam veterans dwell in San Diego County, Honor Flight says.
Though the flights now will serve these veterans, it should proceed to just accept functions from WWII and Korean Battle veterans and repair members from any period with a terminal sickness who haven’t been on a earlier flight.
At the side of the flights, Honor Flight is soliciting a whole lot of letters and playing cards for the veterans.
One of many highlights on the Honor Flight is “Mail Name,” a distribution of playing cards and letters collected from buddies, household and group members.
Some letters and playing cards are written by Scouts, college students and organizations.
Honor Flight San Diego asks individuals to handle letters to “Pricey Veteran,” embody your title together with a return tackle of the classroom, Scout troop, or private tackle on the again of the letter as most of the veterans want to write again to thank the senders.
Letters may be despatched to: Donna Hester, 645 Entrance Avenue, Unit 614, San Diego, CA 92101.
For questions, contact Hester at [email protected] The deadline to obtain letters for the 2 flights is one week previous to the departures — Sept. 23 and Oct. 28. Nonetheless, Honor Flight collects letters all yr lengthy.