4Patriots Makes $5,000 Donation to Honor Flight Network

I think we all agree that U.S. veterans deserve every ounce of respect we can give them. And much more.

One of the ways a very appreciative group honors our veterans is by flying them to Washington, D.C., then escorting them to many of the memorials in our nation's capital over three days. That group is the Honor Flight Network.

Honor Flights typically transport 25-100 veterans and volunteer guardians on these flights about 300 times per year. The cost is covered by donations and what airlines contribute.

This year, 4Patriots donated $5,000 to the Honor Flight Network after sponsoring a Lone Eagle Flight in 2022.

WATCH: Veterans Visit War Memorials

In honor of Memorial Day 2022, Allie from the 4Patriots team joined Veterans with Honor Flight Network in Washington DC.   

And as I've mentioned before, you make this possible. By supporting our business, you allow us to provide funds and products to worthy organizations that benefit these heroes and others.

"Honor Flight is a way to say 'thank you,' but for many veterans, it's a life-changing experience, not just for the veterans, but for their families and our volunteers," said Honor Flight Network National Program Director Bobbie Bradley. 

"We encourage you to find a hub near you and sign up your veterans or volunteer to make an incredible difference in the lives of our heroes." 

Veterans Love Their War Memorials 

For U.S. veterans, there is nothing as inspiring as visiting these war memorials. Especially for those vets who served their country many years ago.

 

Unfortunately, finances often stand in the way of this experience. These veterans would love to bask in the glory and solemnity of those memorials. But unless they live within driving distance, many realize it will probably never happen.

 

Unless, that is, they are part of an Honor Flight. The non-profit organization flies U.S. military veterans to Washington free of charge.

 

In addition to having their airfare and ground transportation covered, veterans receive shirts and gear, meals, and a memory book of their specific mission.

 

Program Launched in 2005

The Honor Flight Network launched in May 2005 when six small planes flew 12 veterans to Washington, D.C. It became popular very quickly. 

Soon commercial jets were used to transport the large number of interested veterans. More than 273,000 veterans have been flown to the nation's capital for this purpose over the past 18 years, including about 21,800 in 2022.

Among the sites veterans see during these tours are the World War II Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, and the Navy Memorial. 

Plus the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and others. 

Vets Treated Like Heroes They Are

Originating from across the country, the Honor Flights land at one of three airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport. 

Heroes' Welcome is a subgroup of the Honor Flight Network. They conduct welcoming ceremonies at the airports. 

After landing in Washington, the veterans are escorted by their guardians to hotels and then to the various memorials over several days. 

The closer the group gets to memorials, the quieter it becomes. The memories are often still strong. When veterans see the statues of soldiers, sometimes they will say, "I was that guy" or "I carried that same rifle." Nearly every veteran on the flight has a story to tell.

An Emotional Return

For many of the veterans, it's their first time seeing these memorials. Most of them had to immediately start working as soon as they returned from their service. And they never had the time or resources to go.

Some veterans believe that no one shares their feelings about their service. But by the way they are treated on these trips, the veterans realize that people do care. The guardians who accompany them are a big part of that.

With May being Military Appreciation Month, 4Patriots extends its sincere gratitude to active-duty military members and veterans who have laid their lives on the line to keep us free, independent, and self-reliant.

At 4Patriots, it is a tradition to support military and veteran-focused nonprofit organizations. As one of our loyal customers, you are making a huge impact upon the lives of these veterans. 

Your purchases of our products enabled us to make financial donations of more than $365,000 last year ($1K a Day) to charitable organizations that champion freedom and self-reliance. 

Your Donations Make the Difference

Among the organizations receiving these donations were Operation Homefront, Team Rubicon, and A Soldier's Child Foundation. Plus Fisher House Foundation, Hire Heroes USA, Pets for Vets, and For The Troops. 

Bobbie said Honor Flight has been very appreciative of donations from 4Patriots. 

"4Patriots supporters' letters and donations have made an incredible difference to our veterans," she said. "Your well wishes and heartfelt thank you's are met with smiles, unexpected tears, and disbelief that someone they didn't know would take the time to write to them.

"Every donation, no matter how small or large, is key to our success. A $20 donation has provided lunch or rain ponchos on a rainy day or sunscreen on a sunny day. Every gift is welcomed and appreciated."  

Comments

  • Karl Scheidt - May 30, 2023

    Yes I know of the Honor Flight. I was stationed in Arlington Va from ’85 to ’88. I worked in the Pentagon and lived up the hill next to the 3rd Infantry Barracks and Arlington Cemetary. I use to visit the memorials that were there at that time. The ones I most often visited were the Iwo Jima since I am a Marine, Vietnam War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial due to the reflecting pool.
    I hope the Honor Flight continues for a long time because it is so good for our Veterans.
    I am a frequent buyer from 4Patriots
    Semper Fi

  • Peggy Moore - May 30, 2023

    Supporting the Honor Flight program is awesome! My husband was able to go several years ago and we have had several from church that have also been able to go. All say they are glad they had the chance to go. Please keep up the good work! Thanks.

  • Juanita McAbee Conner - May 30, 2023

    I love our veterans! My father was a WWII veteran and fought in the IS Army in heavy artillery and like a lot of returning veterans after serving our country for our freedom he came back with a lot of severe health issues. He was a true patriot and I should know because I was his guardian by the VA Administration and I took care of him till he died. These guys deserve our salute and admiration for as long as we love. Yes,I proudly support all our veterans.God bless our troops and our great nation!

  • Lynne - May 30, 2023

    Thank you for donating and supporting Honor Flight. I had the great experience of being the guardian for my Dad on an Honor Flight Buffalo in 2012 and can attest to how much this program means to these Veterans.

  • Tommy Joe Hall - May 30, 2023

    being a vietnam vet. I have been on an Honor Flight. It was an amazing experience. Thank you for all you do

  • JOHN TRANTANELLA - May 30, 2023

    I am so sorry I just cannot help! I am a 100% disabled vet of 22 years in the ARMY. I have been diagnosed with Stage III prostate cancer as well as an infected bladder. What little I do is donate to Tunnel-T-Tower, St Jude Childrens Hospital, Shriners Childrens Hospital, and my Church St Peter the Apostle in Henderson, Nevada.

  • Rich Steiger - May 30, 2023

    THANK YOU for all that you ALL do.

  • norman moorhead - May 30, 2023

    I served in the Vietnam era in the air force stationed at Jacksonville, ark. I would like to go on the next flight.

  • Thomas M Doughtie, Sergeant Major, US Army, Retired - May 30, 2023

    I personally want to thank you for your donation to the Honor Flight Network. I will be one of the veterans who will be on the Central Oregon Honor Flight this September 20-23, 2023. I am really looking forward to this trip. Thank you again for your support of the Honor Flight Network.
    Thomas Doughtie

  • norman moorhead - May 30, 2023

    I served in the Vietnam era in the air force stationed at Jacksonville, ark. I would like to go on the next flight.

  • M.Ortiz - May 30, 2023

    Hello
    I appreciate reading about your support of veterans and military organizations. Perhaps you could share links on your blog page so people could make a direct chartiable donations? Or maybe you could allow people to ‚Äúround-up‚ÄĚ to the nearest dollar amount on their purchases then the ‚Äúexcess change‚ÄĚ could be donated to a charity?‚Ķ.Just a thought

    Thank you for all you do

  • William L Boyles - May 30, 2023

    I have been member of DAV for over 50 years and never heard of this program. Can you provide how to contact this group as am sure others would like to go on one of these trips. Mostly I only get groups wanting money but never talking about things like this.
    Thanks for your time!

  • Carol Rigby - May 30, 2023

    Just this past Saturday, we laid to rest my stepson William M Rigby II
    At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army, and became part of the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He valued his service highly and attained the rank of Sergeant while serving the country that he was very proud of. As part of his service he taught at West Point as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1987.
    He left us way to soon This weekend he would have been 58 years old

  • Billy Norman - May 30, 2023

    Thank you for your support of Honor Flight! I had been on the waiting list to go on this flight for 2 and 1/2 years, when my turn finally came last year. Honor Flight DFW and Southwest Airlines flew me to Washington DC and I was shown all the war memorials. I am a retired veteran who served in the Vietnam War and was able to find my buddy’s name on The Wall. This trip changed my life for the better. I never would have been able to take this trip on my own.
    Billy Norman

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