Have you heard of the organization called Talons Out Honor Flight?  According to their website:

“The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.”

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The Sturgis Journal has reported that Honor Flight choose 5 veterans from St. Joseph County for their Honor Flight that flew out of Kalamazoo last Saturday.  Those five are:

  1. Garry Grevenstuk, an Army veteran who served with the 301st ASA Battalion, at Yong Dong Po in Korea.
  1. Jeffery Owen a veteran of the  U.S. Navy, was deployed to Vietnam on the USS Samuel B. Roberts, where he served as a machinist’s mate in the engine room.
  1. John Raifsnider an Army veteran worked in a fixed station radio communications site in Vietnam.
  1. Norm Stutesman, an Army veteran, spent a year in Saigon as part of Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV).
  1. Edward Ondrejka is a World War II veteran.

Do you know a veteran that should be honored by one more mission as Honor Flight puts it?  Go to their website and fill out an application.  Talons Out Honor Flight says:

“Once an application is submitted, it will be processed and added to our list.  We contact our veterans when we have a seat available, usually about 6 weeks before flight day.  We schedule flights as funds are available and fly approx 80 veterans per flight. Veterans are flown on a first apply, first fly basis with priority given to  WWII, Korean War , Vietnam Era and terminally ill veterans from all conflicts.”

Check out this tribute to the Honor Flight group:

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