Honor Flight Keeps Veterans Connected Amid Pandemic

A simple hello goes a long way after a long year of isolation. That's why Honor Flight continues to focus on connecting with veterans.

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 5:23 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2021 4:01 PM

A simple hello goes a long way after a long year of isolation.

That's why Honor Flight continues to focus on connecting with veterans.

"Everytime I meet a veteran I asked 'have you been on the Honor Flight?' and I said 'well what are you waiting on?"

Like many of us, 94-year-old Tony Neumann is getting through this pandemic the best he can.

"Last Sunday we planted," says Neumann. "I got down on my hands and knees and planted about four-and-a-half pounds of onions."

Staying as active as he once was.

"I enlisted when I was 17 in December of 1943."

This Air Force Veteran is also an active member with the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana.

"I really enjoyed every bit of it because they take you right there," says Neumann.

But like many heroes in this hometown, the year has been one for the books.

"I walked right in got my shot, no ill effect," says Neumann. "On February 9th I got my second one."

It's the reason why Honor Flight continues to find ways in reaching out to those who served in our community.

In an effort to bring people together, the national network will be hosting the first of several webinars Tuesday evening.

It's an attempt in keeping positive engagement among veterans like Tony.

"I think if any of those veterans need to talk to anybody for some reason they can call me and I can talk to them," says Neumann.

And for Neumann, the secret to getting through these tough times.

"It's to have a good breakfast and don't give up and try to keep going."

Honor Flight of Southern Indiana hopes to fly again waiting on the all clear for a fall flight.

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