Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is nearing the end of a project that has been in the works for months.
The group has been putting together and delivering “We Care” packages to 1,000 Tri-State veterans.
The project is a way to say, ‘Thank You’ after all of their traditional events including, the two flights to the nation's capital, were canceled this year.
Instead of taking off to D.C., Honor Flight volunteers have been traveling the Tri-State, stopping by the homes of veterans for a friendly visit.
Volunteer Sue Bengert found a warm welcome at the home of Korean War Veteran Donald TePool. The two were on a 2017 Honor Flight together.
Bengert brought with her two bags packed with goodies and a yard sign, “Honor Flight of Southern Indiana Salutes this Veteran.”
“It's not much, but we didn’t want you to think we had forgotten about you and all your service to our country,” explained Bengert.
Among the items in the “We Care” package, thank you letters from people of all ages. Simple notes reminding our veterans they stepped up and answered the call of duty.
“The Korean War was pretty active at that time. But I lucked out and got sent to Germany,” recalled TePool while looking back at service photos during the visit. TePool served as Military Police Officer for 18-months during the war.
Just a few neighborhoods away, Army Veteran Fred Austin greeted Bengert not just as an Honor Flight Volunteer, but as an old friend.
The pair sharing a few jokes and several memories from last year’s Honor Flight.
“It’s just something that happens once in a lifetime. To remember it; it's no problem to remember it because it was fantastic,” said Austin.
As Austin looked through his “We Care” delivery, Bengert commented, “This has been a great opportunity to reconnect with some of the veterans.”
A small gesture with a powerful message: “We Salute You.”
If you know a veteran who would like to take part in a future Honor Flight visit their website to nominate them.