Permian Basin Honor Flight Hopes To Raise $250,000 12/18/13
CBS 7 News
December 18, 2013
The Permian Basin is starting to raise money for its very own honor flight for veterans. This week the group released a fundraising goal of $250,000 to make the free trip possible for basin veterans.
Across the country, these flights send World War Two and other veterans on an all expenses paid trip to experience the Washington, D.C. monuments. The group is raising money to charter its own plane just for basin veterans.
This will be the first time the basin hosts its very own flight.
“We have the duty as citizens across the Permian Basin to do all that we can to get the World War Two veterans there to visit and see the memorial that they paid for in much blood and sacrifice,” said TX Permian Basin Honor Flight Organizer and Retired U.S. Navy Veteran Jack Barnes.
CBS 7's own Mike Barker is on the planning committee and will also be flying as a Vietnam veteran.
The Permian Basin Honor Flight is set to take off around September of 2014 and will feature guided tours for the veterans at many of the capitol city’s monuments and museums.
Vietnam, Korean and other war veterans are encouraged to applyt.
You can apply for your veteran or donate online at http://www.permianhonorflight.org/.