Although there are programs such as Veterans’ Disability intended to help those with injuries related to active military duty, there are few services designed to fulfill the emotional needs and dreams of aging veterans facing physical and financial hardships.
One such program is Honor Flight, a growing national network dedicated to providing free transportation for World War II veterans to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. By the time the memorial opened to the public in 2004, many World War II veterans who desired to visit the monument with fellow service members or family had become physically or financially unable to travel.
Since its first flight in 2005, Honor Flight has transported nearly 100,000 World War II veterans to experience the memorial that is dedicated to their collective sacrifice. In that time, Honor Flight has also expanded to 127 hubs in 41 states.
One such hub the Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter based in Louisville, Kentucky. Attorney Karl Truman is a proud supporter of the Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter, which on Oct. 24 will lead a trip for World War II veterans from the greater Louisville and southern Indiana areas.
Eighty-five veterans are expected to participate in the trip, which will provide “a day of reflection and camaraderie,” according to the Honor Flight Bluegrass website. The Bluegrass chapter alone has provided transportation to the National World War II Memorial for more than 1,200 veterans since 2008.
Honor Flight is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven service. If you live in the greater Louisville, Kentucky, or southern Indiana region and would like to learn how you can help, please contact the Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter.