Letter: Honor Flight volunteers treated vets like family


To the editor:

I just returned from the Indy Honor Flight and would like to tell you it was outstanding in all respects.

The entire staff of volunteers treated each and every one as though we were members of their family. Nothing was overlooked. They saw that we had wonderful meals, comfort in our travels and plenty to keep occupied with.

Every branch of the services was recognized and honor. All the volunteers bent over backward in tending to our every need. Wheelchairs were especially wonderful for those with problems. The two planes were humongous and well staffed. All in all, it ranked in the very top of my mind as a real tribute to each and every man aboard.

At the end of our trip coming home on the plane, each and every person aboard was given a packet of mail containing notes from so many, telling us how happy they were to know what a wonderful experience were having, and it was.

I had a wonderful lady, Mrs. Andi Smith, who pushed my wheelchair up and down the hills and buildings and memorials and gave us a running commentary that I could never get elsewhere. She introduced me to Sen. Bob Dole and we spoke for a few minutes.

Thank you all who reached your hands to ours with a “thank you.” We were all overwhelmed and return our many “thank yous” to all. The heart full of thanks from an old (91) ex-Coast Guardsman.

John H. Hansom,


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