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Southeast Florida Veterans Honor Flights Resume!

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Veterans are celebrities at The Karp Law Firm. We assist elderly and disabled veterans to access V.A. Aid & Attendance benefits, a little-known program that can help them and their families shoulder the enormous cost of long-term care. So naturally, we are thrilled to share this news from the Southeast Florida chapter of Honor Flights: Honor Flights are back!

Honor Flights provides veterans with a free, group visit to Washington D.C. to  views the memorials to their service and sacrifice: the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, and the National Iwo Jima Memorial. The next trip is scheduled for November 6. Sixty-five veterans are scheduled to go: 34 army vets; 17, air force; 10, navy; and 3 from the marines and merchant marines. Twelve of the participants served in World War II; 40 in the Korean War; and 13 in Vietnam.

The chartered flight will leave Palm Beach International Airport at the crack of dawn. Many participants are in wheelchairs or have other mobility challenges, and therefore are accompanied by volunteer guardians who assist them during the trip. If you would like to be a guardian on future flights, click here. Priority is given to guardians who are family members of participants, those with medical training, and active duty military.

There’s a big finish: The traditional “Operation Homecoming” when the charter flight returns to Palm Beach. Everyone is encouraged to come out to welcome them home. Be at the the airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B at 7:20 p.m. on November 6 and bring your enthusiasm, cheers, flags and banners. You can find out more about Operation Homecoming by calling 1-855-FLYAVET. Masks are required at the event.

The Southeast Florida chapter of Honor Flights is a non-profit and relies solely on volunteers. It serves veterans who reside in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties. Visit its website, which has extensive information, including how to donate, how a veteran can apply for a trip, volunteer opportunities, and a listing of upcoming fundraising events, including a raffle to win a trip to Ireland.

Remember, Veterans Day is November 11.  Check out this video of a recent Honor Flight that left from Miami last month: