The Veterans Administration estimates that we lose about 500 veterans of World War Two every day. Many die without visiting the National World War Two Memorial in Washington D.C. Because of this the Honor Flight Network is on a mission. It’s trying to get as many Second World War vets to the nation’s capital as possible to visit the memorial built in their honor. This fall, it flew 83 veterans to Washington from southern Michigan free of charge and I went along with them.
Jerry Malec reports first-hand on the Talons Out Honor Flight
Hundreds of thousands of Michiganians who qualify for veteran benefits aren't using them, and many vets don't know they're eligible. As a result, Michigan ranks among the bottom five states for federal spending per veteran. (Detroit News)
Some veterans of combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq come home with mental and spiritual wounds as well as physical injuries. Many don’t know how to ask for help coping with them. But a five-year-old all-volunteer program in Michigan is stepping up. The Buddy to Buddy program which links veterans with fellow vets who need help obtaining services and benefits, or who just need someone to talk with: someone who understands what they’re going through.