Veterans, volunteers get ready for tenth Honor Flight

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Veterans flying on the next Honor Flight of Southern Indiana in may are now one step closer to taking the trip of a lifetime. 

“They come in, they’re so happy. They’re very thankful that they’re here,” said Diane Shaw with Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. 

85 Tri-State veterans and their guardians are gearing up for EVV 10. “We’re putting a face to the name, hearing their stories, getting to learn who they are, building a friendship,” said Shaw. 

Taking off May 25th, volunteers spent today preparing for the trip going over veterans medical history. A lot of paperwork, but the start of an experience the vet will never forget. 

“Just learning a bit about each and everyone of them so we know them and they know us and we’re ready for the flight,” said Shaw. “We want them to hear that over and over is thank you. that’s what we feel. we feel honored to be here and give them this experience.”

“Pretty excited, we’re ready to go,” said Air Force veteran Sam Richey.

“I’m a Vietnam combat veteran and this will be the first time I get recognition, so I’m proud,” said Forrest Burton.

Making it all happen, dozens of volunteers whose work isn’t going unnoticed. 

“I’m more proud of them than I am us veterans because they’re going way above and it really gets to me. I never expected to see this much. volunteers everywhere for us veterans,” said Burton. 

And on the flight this year, 99 year old Navy veteran Francis Harman who’s ready to see the nation’s capital.

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(This story was originally published on April 13, 2019)

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