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11.30.12 -- Innovation Grant to Wausau Honor Flight DRAFT

11.30.12 -- Innovation Grant to Wausau Honor Flight DRAFT

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Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin608-282-7870 (work)608-692-5340 (cell) jessica.erickson@att.com 
Never Forgotten Honor Flight Receives $5,000 AT&T Grant
Contribution Will Enable Organization to Send 10 World War II Veteranson Flight to Washington, D.C. to See Their War Memorial 
WAUSAU, Friday, November 30, 2012
The Never Forgotten Honor Flight today received a $5,000 AT&TInnovation & Investment Award that will help the organization fly more World War II veterans out toWashington, D.C. to see their war memorial.“Our goal is simple: to fly as many veterans as we can from the Wausau area to Washington, D.C. to seethe war memorials erected in their honor,” said Jim Campbell, a co-founder of the Never Forgotten Honor Flight and a retired Marine Lt. Colonel who served during Vietnam. “We are grateful for contributions like AT&T’s that will enable us to fly even more veterans out to our nation’s capital.”The Never Forgotten Honor Flight is a Wausau-based organization formed on Veterans Day in 2009. Itsmission is to fly area veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War toWashington, D.C. (free of charge) to experience their war memorials.Since 2009, the organization has flown 828 area veterans to our nation’s capital. Nearly 400 veterans arecurrently on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight’s waiting list, including more than 30 WWII veterans.“Our veterans have sacrificed so much to defend our country and our freedoms and we are forever gratefulfor their service,” said State Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), a supporter of the Honor Flights and a former member of Wisconsin’s 115
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Fighter Wing who served three tours in the Middle East. “These Honor Flightsare a great way to recognize our veterans and enable them to see their war memorials before it’s too late.” About 100 veterans are flown on each of the four flights the organization operates each year. Flights for 2013 are currently scheduled for April 22, May 13, September 9 and October 28.For nearly 100 years, AT&T has remained dedicated to supporting veterans, active military personnel andtheir families. Every year, the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers help send off and welcome home WWII veteranswho have taken the Wisconsin Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. This year alone, the Pioneers havevolunteered over 500 hours for the flights, not only helping to organize and register veterans, but also goingon the fights as Guardians for the veterans.

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