The Old Glory Honor Flight of Northeast Wisconsin has announced a Return to Korea trip for 2020. Similar to the Return to Vietnam earlier this year, the no-cost trip for veterans is planned for May of next year. Vietnam War veteran Ken Pollock of Sturgeon Bay, who served in the U.S. Marines, was part of the recent Return to Vietnam this past July. He recommends any veteran to experience what he called a wonderful opportunity.
Return to Korea veterans are encouraged to bring along a guardian that is at least one generation younger than themselves to act as a companion and caretaker on the trip to Washington D.C. You can find more information on the Return to Korea with this story below.
Old Glory Honor Flight is proud to announce Return to Korea. This trip will be similar to our Return to Vietnam trip earlier this year but will focus on another very deserving group -- our local Korean war veterans. This no-cost trip will be planned for May, 2020 (specific dates to be determined).
A separate application will go live on our website in the coming days for those vets interested in participating. Up to fifty veterans will be selected at random from this list of applicants. Who is eligible? For this mission, any active duty military serviceman or woman, living in Northeast Wisconsin who served in Korea between the dates of June 27, 1950 – October 15, 1954 is eligible to participate. US Navy vets serving in the waters off the Korean peninsula during that time frame are also eligible.
Why Return to Korea? "Our recent Return to Nam trip has shown us the healing power of having vets return to their former battlegrounds," said Renee Schroeder, board member of Old Glory Honor Flight. "With the participation of the South Korean government, the opportunity to do this is just too important to miss."
To ensure safety, the veterans chosen to participate in Return to Korea veterans will be encouraged to bring along a “guardian” that is at least one generation younger then themselves who is physically capable to act as a companion and caretaker for the veteran. The trip is free for the Korean war veterans, but their guardians will be required to pay $500 to offset trip expenses.
Old Glory Honor Flight, a volunteer-driven organization, will continue to operate its regular schedule of flights to Washington D.C., and participation in the Washington flight will not affect eligibility for Return to Korea. Old Glory Honor Flight will partner with the well-established and veteran-run Military Historical Tours and the Republic of Korea government for this special event, and funding for Return to Korea will be separate from our other funding efforts.
Old Glory Honor Flight is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Corporate and individual donations are encouraged. Please visit www.oldgloryhonorflight.org for more information, and thank you for your support.