Tampa Bay Area Honor Flight Needs Guardians

Iwo Jima Memorial (Photo courtesy senate.gov)

About 75 World War II veterans are scheduled to take the next Honor Flight of West Central Florida (HFWCF). However, many of the veterans are frail and need a guardian to accompany them so they can visit the various memorials built on the National Mall.

The day will include visits to the Iwo Jima and WWII Memorials, and Arlington National Cemetery.  The veterans will also be able to visit the Lincoln, Washington, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials.  However, each veteran must have aguardian” who will be responsible for the veteran’s safety and aid such as pushing a wheelchair if needed.

The organization has chartered a plane from Allegiant Air to fly from St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport to Washington on the one-day trip scheduled Tuesday, April 3, leaving at 7 a.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m.

Guardians must apply ahead of time and are asked to make a minimum donation of at least $400 to the HFWCF operating fund. The local chapter is a 501(c)3, non-profit making donations tax deductible.

Persons interested in serving as a guardian can get more information at the website: www.honorflightwcf.org, where you can print the guardian application, and mail it to P.O. Box 55661, St. Petersburg, FL 33732.

Afghanistan Recent Developments: A Congressional Hearing

Gen.John Allen

James Miller, the acting defense undersecretary for policy, and  Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, are briefing the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday on recent developments in Afghanistan, which is being carried by C-SPAN live in a webcast.

Miller told the congressional members that the “horrific killings” this month of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. Army staff sergeant, will be fully investigated and “justice will be done,” according to the NPR blog, The Two-Way. Follow the Two-Way for ongoing updates on the Tuesday hearing.

C-SPAN is webcasting the hearing here.

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