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Honor Flight of Southern Indiana Filling Care Packages for 1,000 Veterans

The Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is rallying the troops in a new effort to thank our Tri-State veterans.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 8:38 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 7:58 AM

The Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is rallying the troops this week to put together a special project.

The undertaking will impact 1,000 Tri-State veterans across more than two dozen counties.

Volunteers gathered at the National Gaurd Armory on Tuesday to help sort thousands of items from snacks and candy to warm scarves and masks.

Alone they seem like everyday items but packaged together in a red bag, it sends a message to hundreds of veterans stuck at home during the pandemic.

"It is going to bring smiles and tears," said Diane Shaw with Honor Flight of Southern Indiana "Just happiness and joy to know that somebody still cares. That's what it is all about."

When both flights were wiped off the calendar this year, Diane Shaw knew HFSI needed to do something to remind the men and women who served this county, that they weren't forgotten.

"We also weren't able to have our Veterans Day Luncheon where we bring back all of our alumni veterans. It was kind of like a big wammie," explained Shaw.

So instead of touring the war monuments in Washington D.C. and opening letters during Mail Call on the flight home, a network of volunteers will be touring 24 counties this November to deliver the care packages and letter of thanks.

For volunteer, Debbie Ward, who took the trip with her father 5-years ago and has answered the call ever since; small gestures like this are the foundation of Honor Flight.

"Very important. I think all the veterans just appreciate, they are amazed by the outpouring of love and support that the community gives them," said Ward.

The small gesture to so many veterans has been a huge undertaking of HSFI and wouldn't have come together without the army of Tri-Staters who stepped up.

"Kids from preschool to high school that have supported this: to businesses, families, everybody, thank you. You are making a difference in a veteran's life," said Shaw.

HFSI is looking for volunteers and groups who can help deliver the care packages to the homes of veterans in early November. To sign up or to nominate a veteran for a future flight head to their website.

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