Never Forgotten Honor Flight
Friends of the Tomahawk Airport & The American Legion Family
Gary White, Dawn LaFevre, Jim Campbell, Jeanie Osero, Mike Thompson
Of the 13 counties that are included in the Never Forgotten Honor flight, Tomahawk is still the number one city in the amount of dollars donated per capita.
This was again shown on Nov. 1st when the Friends of the Tomahawk Airport and the American Legion Family donated another $4000.00 to support the recognition of Americas Veterans. The Never Forgotten Honor Flight takes Veterans to Washington DC on four flights each year. Veterans fly to Washington DC, visit Arlington Cemetery and the Military memorials that are in recognition of Veterans who have served our nation. The Never Forgotten Honor Flight has flown (as of 10/15//2018) 3,137 veterans including 68 sets of brothers, 10 husband/wives & 48 Women, 1032 WWII, 1168 KOREA, 937 VIETNAM Veterans. The Honor Flights are completely donor funded and supported by volunteers.
First preference for flights is given to those veterans who served during the World War II era, then the Korea era and then the Vietnam era. If a veteran is certified terminally ill by a doctor but able to travel, he or she moves up the priority list no matter what their era of service. Currently there are 1161 Veterans on the waiting list to attend these flights.
The Friends of the Tomahawk Airport donated $2000.00 that is raised by the 50/50 raffle drawings that they conduct at each of their monthly dinners. The group has donated $11,100.00 which covers the cost for twenty two Veterans to participate in the Honor Flight.
The American Legion Family which consists of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and The Sons of the American Legion also donated another $2000.00. The money is raised through their Mining for Silver campaign. The Mining for Silver campaign started on the 4th of July 2015. There are donation boxes located at many of the businesses in Tomahawk. Donations are also collected during the 4th of July Parade. The American Legion Family Mining for Silver has provided funding for five Veterans to participate in the Honor Flight.
Presenting the checks to Jim Campbell and Mike Thompson President of the Board of Directors of The Never Forgotten Honor Flight is Gary White of the Friends of the Tomahawk Airport, Dawn LaFevre and Jeanie Osero President of The American Legion Auxiliary.
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