Broome County is providing financial fuel to give veterans a free flight to our nation’s capital.
County Executive Jason Garnar presented a check for $25,000 to the Twin Tiers Honor Flight organization Wednesday afternoon.
It organizes a free flight for veterans taking off from BGM to the war memorials in Washington, DC, returning that evening.
Veterans can bring someone with them on the trip and thousands of people see the plane off and welcome it back after it returns.
Honor Flight Representative Nancy Kane says the trip leaves a lasting impression for veterans and their families.
“You’re going to see the smiles and the tears. We’re really making a difference. Not just for that one day, but for the rest of the their lives. Many of the veterans tell us this one of the highlights of their entire lives,” said Kane.
This year’s flight takes off Saturday, May 12.
The organization prioritizes World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era vets as well as terminally ill veterans from all wars.
The next flight will mark over 300 local veterans who have taken the flight.