By TYLER MASK
Veterans of World War II and the Korean War who have not heard of Honor Flight are missing out on one of the many opportunities that is available to them for their time of service. Honor Flight DFW is on a mission, and their next stop is Mineral Wells.
AmVets Post 133 is sponsoring the event that will take place at the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce, 511 E. Hubbard St., on May 5 at 7 p.m. Honor Flight volunteer and official photographer Joe Schneider and Honor Flight volunteer Paul Swartz will be making to presentation to inform veterans on how they can get on board a plane headed straight to Washington, D.C.
“We are all on one mission, and that’s to get as many veterans to Washington before they are unable to travel,” Swartz said. “We have been doing this since 2008. We have got two more flights coming up this spring. We will have done 20 trips by the end of May. In those 20 flights, we will have taken over 700 World War II veterans.”
This particular meeting is to inform any of the World War II or Korean War veterans in the Minerals Wells area that this trip is available to them.
“We know that there is a strong support for military and many veterans living in the Mineral Wells community,” Swartz said.
“We hope to pack the chamber out.”
Veterans fly for free. They are allowed to pay for nothing. In fact, they are told to leave their money at home, Swartz said. There are eight different stops in Washington, D.C., in all. However, the biggest highlights are the welcome landing in Washington and the homecoming, Swartz said. Hundreds of people generally show up to both of these events to honor the veterans and cheer them on.