Mar 16, 2013

Florida's elderly veterans could use your help!

Veterans of World War II will fly from South Florida to Washington D.C. on April 27, thanks to the generosity of the Southeast Florida Honor Flight Network and its supporters. For the participating elderly veterans, this is the first and very often the only chance they will have to experience the World War II Memorial commemorating their sacrifices.  

The organization needs "guardians" - people to accompany the aging heroes and assist them during the day. Guardians must be under age 65 and capable of pushing a man in a wheelchair for a full day of activities.  Mandatory training will be held on April 6 in Stuart for the April 27 departure. There is a $400 fee.

The Honor Flight will surely be a fun and fulfilling day, but there are other ways to help if you cannot serve as a guardian. Donations to underwrite the veterans' travel costs are always appreciated. You can also be one of the homecoming group that greets the heroes when they return to the Palm Beach airport. You should be at the airport by 7 p.m. to greet the U.S. Air charter flight, which usually arrives before 8 p.m. 

For more information about volunteering as a guardian, making a donation, or being part of the homecoming event, click here or call  855-FLYAVET.

For pictures of the September 2011 Honor Flight, click here.

To learn about V.A. pension with aid and attendance benefits that may be available for aging veterans for for nursing home, assisted living or home care, click here

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