TWO LINCOLN COUNTY POLICE CHIEFS SERVING AS GUARDIANS FOR WORLD WAR II VETERANS ON MAY HONOR FLIGHT.
From South Willamette Valley Honor Flight
On May 14th, South Willamette Valley Honor Flight (swvhonorflight.org), serving Lane, Linn, Benton and Lincoln County veterans, will be embarking on the first of their twice-a-year Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. for 2015. The Flight will be taking 29 World War II Vets and 17 Korea War Veterans along with 62 support personnel, to see their war memorials and receive the recognition and thanks for their sacrifice and service.
Serving as volunteer Guardians on this flight will be Newport Oregon Police Chief Mark Miranda, and Toledo Oregon Police Chief Dave Enyeart. Having two police chiefs serving as guardians is a first for South Willamette Valley Honor Flight (SWVHF), and probably for all Honor Flight Hubs in Oregon. Each war veteran is required to have a guardian for the flight and often it is a family member. For those vets who don’t have someone to accompany them, SWVHF assigns a volunteer. The Guardians’ main job is to assure the vet has a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.
We are getting to the end of the list for WWII Veterans who are capable of a rather strenuous three-day journey. We need to publicize the availability of these Flights for them. The May flight will be the first of Korea War veterans being flown by our Honor Flight Hub.
SWVHF, a 501(c) 3, raises money throughout the year to send the veterans on these Flights at NO cost to the veteran. The cost to make this trip is $1,000.00 per veteran and covers all expenses for them. The volunteers and guardians on the Flights pay all their own expenses.