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May 2024 General Meeting

Guest speaker, Melinda Piña, from Honor Flight Arizona.


Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) had a guest speaker, Melinda Piña, from Honor Flight Arizona at the May 11, 2024, Perch Base General Meeting.
Melinda noted that application forms are available on their website, and also brought applications to the meeting. There are 124 Honor Flight hubs across the country. Melinda was representing Honor Flight Arizona. The cost to send a Veteran on the 3-day Honor Flight from Arizona is $1,300 and includes airfare, hotel and food, but the Veteran pays nothing. The cost is covered by donations to the 501(c)(3) organization. Guardians that accompany a Veteran pay their own way. Spouses cannot be Guardians, but other family members are encouraged. They are presently sending mainly Korean and Vietnam War Veterans between 1941 to 1975, including Cold War Veterans. The latest flight (which included our Base Commander George Woods) that just returned on May 10 had 30 Veterans. The Honor Flight Arizona usually has 5 flights in the spring and 5 flights in the fall, but intends to increase to a total of 12 per year.
Tour activities included the US Navy Memorial, Fort McHenry, the National WW2 Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corp Memorial, Military Women’s Memorial, Maryland Museum of Military History, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a group picture at Fort Myer Air Force Base. George Woods was highly complementary of his Honor Flight.

May 2024 General Meeting

Honor Flight Arizona flyer (side 1.)

May 2024 General Meeting

Honor Flight Arizona flyer (side 2.)

May 2024 General Meeting

Melinda Piña's business card

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