Since the age of most surviving World WarII veterans is now at a minimum of 85, a non-profit group is trying to get as many WWII veterans as possible back to Washington DC to visit the World WarII Veterans Memorial.
The group is called Honor Flight of Oregon, which is rounding up as many WWII veterans as they can, and fly them back to Washington on a four day trip, all expenses paid, to visit the memorial. Veterans in wheelchairs are sincerely welcome and accommodated according to Lincoln County Honor Flight coordinator Valerie Patterson.
Patterson said there are a number of WWII veterans in Lincoln County that should be made aware of the service.
Veterans and any Guardians who assist them will visit the WWII Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Tomb of the Unknowns and other veterans memorials around the nation’s capital. Again, the trip is free to all WWII veterans who apply for the trip. However, their guardians must pay their own way.
Patterson says there are flights scheduled for the end of April and in mid-May. Twenty-five WWII veterans from Lincoln, Lane, Benton and Linn counties will be on each Honor Flight.
For information on how to apply to travel to Washington DC courtesy of Honor Flight please contact Lincoln County Honor Flight coordinator Valerie Patterson at 541-265-8864, or BayfrontGirl@Gmail.com by email. Also visit their website at www.SWVHonorFlight.org
** An earlier version of this story quoted a city councilor saying that former Moby Dick’s owner Milt Prietz should be contacted because he’s a WWII veteran. Come to find out, Milt has already taken Honor Flight up on its offer and made the trip last October!
A hard luck young Afghanistan veteran and his new family has been awarded a home, mortgage free, courtesy of Chase Bank and non-profit group Operation Homefront, which helps pair up needy veterans and their families with homes the bank offers for free.
This one is located on SE 2nd Street and from everyone’s perspective could not have gone to a more deserving veteran family. Daniel Garrison, his wife Emily and their toddler son and baby girl accepted the keys from Chase Bank and Operation Homefront and walked upstairs into their new life without an expensive mortgage over their heads. The large home has plenty of room for their growing family.
Chase is giving away homes like these all over the country. Veterans can go on line at OperationHomefront.net and fill out an application. Aspects that Operation Homefront reviewers are looking for include length of time in the service, where and how they served, how deeply they are connected to the community, and financial and family circumstances.
A large group of military Veterans, their families and friends, conducted another Veterans Freedom Ride over the weekend, setting out from Vancouver, WA down Interstate Five to Albany. There, they exited and headed for the Linn County Veterans Memorial where they honored veterans, living and passed on, ever-vigilant that veterans’ honor and contributions to the freedom of America is forever kept top of mind across the country and certainly here in Oregon.
Attorney General John Kroger has announced that a traveling group that sells commemorative medals to Oregon veterans, as well as raising money to honor veterans has agreed to a $40,000 fine for what Kroger contends was an ongoing telemarketing campaign to pay 20% of the proceeds to the group that ran the traveling “thousand flags exhibit” and 80% to the fundraisers. The group made two recent stops on the Oregon Coast; one last year in South Beach, another just recently in Lincoln City.
Another year, another gathering to remember, mourn, and celebrate our country’s fallen military service men and women. Friday, Chinook Winds Hotel-Casino sponsored the Field of 1,000 Flags on an ocean overlook while surviving veterans and their families met to honor, pray and issue “welcome home” medals to Oregon Veterans.