SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Honor Flight San Diego will operate two flights this fall dedicated to Vietnam veterans. The first was announced in February and is scheduled for September 30 for Navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves. The second flight will be an “Award Flight” for Vietnam Veterans who have won the Purple Heart Medal or higher awards. The organization is looking for 100 local Vietnam veterans to board this flight from November 4-6, 2022. They will visit the memorials built for their sacrifice and be thanked for their service.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer two flights for Vietnam Veterans this fall,” said Julie Brightwell, president of Honor Flight San Diego. “Our nation’s Vietnam veterans truly deserve this honor to be thanked and welcomed home.”
In Washington, D.C., veterans will visit World War II, Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam memorials, as well as Marine Corps and Air Force memorials, the National Navy Museum, and the Ceremony of the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. When the veteran returns to San Diego, he will receive the homecoming he may not have received after returning from the war, as 800 to 1,000 people will welcome him home.
Thanks to generous donors, veterans travel for free during the three-day trip. The organization is accepting applications at: www.HonorFlightSanDiego.org and plans to welcome additional Vietnam veterans in 2023 pending more funding. The organization now carries veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as terminally ill veterans from any era on their honor flight.
President Julie Brightwell told us all about the event on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego.