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Honoring our Veterans through Honor Flight Dayton

Honoring our Veterans through Honor Flight Dayton

More than 100 veterans gathered with volunteers for a trip to Washington, D.C last month for a unique experience to see war memorials and visit other parts of the capital city. This unique opportunity was hosted by Honor Flight Dayton and co-sponsored by PSA.

Four PSA team members took part in the event as chaperones – First Officer Evan Maxwell, SAV Stores Lead Luis A. Sanabria, Technical Publications Specialist Debbie Nisonger and Manager of Tech Pubs Jean Love.

For three of the chaperones, it was their first experience with Honor Flight. Jean Love has previously chaperoned for Honor Flight Dayton. Evan, Luis and Debbie were provided this incredible opportunity through the generosity of PSA team members and sponsors who donated through the Dayton charity golf outing earlier this year, where $10,000 was raised for Honor Flight Dayton.

There were a total of 104 veterans (104 veterans: 10 World War II, 16 Korean War and 78 Vietnam War).

The event had a significant impact on the participating veterans, as well as out PSA team members who volunteered.

Evan Maxwell, an Army veteran with plans to continue serving, said the day was equally important and special for him as it was the veterans they were serving. “The greatest part of the day was hearing from our each veteran how much the day meant to them,” said Maxwell. “My assigned veteran, Mr. Ferriman, told me that he hadn’t had that much fun in years. Many of them were in tears when the day came to a close.”

 “Personally, I am thankful and honored to represent PSA Airlines as a guardian to the Veterans on the Oct. 27 Honor Flight,” said Debbie Nisonger. “The experience was so humbling and heartfelt. I am so proud of our veterans and the sacrifices they made in the military. I was honored to assist two Vietnam Veterans for the day. By the time we parted ways, we felt like we had known each other for years.”

When the flight arrived back in Dayton, the A concourse was lined with active duty members from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and family members. Outside the TSA checkpoint, hundreds more greeted the veterans with “welcome home” signs.

A Navy Vietnam veteran chaperoned by Jean told her “this was a much different homecoming than he had when he came home from the war.” Jean said, “This is the whole reason why Honor Flight Dayton continues to take veterans to D.C.”