A nationwide program is giving World War II veterans a chance to visit the new war memorial in Washington, D.C. And the commander of the American Legion post in Bellevue organizing the fundraising drive in Washington state is hoping to raise enough money to cover the entire expense.
The cost of each flight is about $1,000, and one of the equirements is that every three vets must travel with a caregiver. A doctor and respiratory therapist must also accompany each flight.
“My dream would be to raise enough funds to pay the way for the volunteers as well,” Jim Broe said.
Other help is needed, but it sounds like money will be the easiest way to contribute.
“Beside financial donations, we are also in need of Volunteers to help with the logistics of transportation to and from the airports, as well as the flight itself,” retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Marcia Clark wrote in a letter. ” However, because this requires funds to transport everyone – including caregivers and volunteers, our primary focus is on the monetary aspect.”
For any more information about donating or about the program, call 360-878-2433 or visit its Web site.