MARION — Deadlines are quickly approaching for Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois’ third flight to Washington, D.C., which will be April 24.
Veterans Honor Flights offer veterans a free trip to see their war memorials in the nation's capital. The flight will depart early on the morning of April 24 from Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois. Veterans will see the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, as well as other memorials and monuments in Washington before returning to Marion later that evening.
Veteran applications for the April 24 flight must be completed and submitted by Feb. 16.
During the trip, each veteran is assigned a guardian who is responsible for that veteran during the trip. Veterans may choose a guardian to accompany them or be assigned a volunteer guardian. Guardians also are required to complete and submit an application by Feb. 16. Guardians must pay a $600 fee to help cover the cost of the trip.
Guardian training will be March 24 at Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois. Guardians must complete training before they are allowed to fly.
Retired Vice Adm. Nancy Brown of Marion said her 35-year Navy career grew out of a suggestion from her father and a less than enthusiastic recruiter.
Medical evaluations for veterans will be April 7.
Veterans Honor Flight strives to maintain the lowest level of overhead possible. At the end of the inaugural flight, the organization maintained overhead costs of just 3.5 percent, with 96.5 cents of every dollar donated going directly toward a veteran on the flight.
Applications for veterans, guardians and volunteers are available at veteranshonorflight.org. Donations may be made at any People’s National Bank location or on the website.