Behind every mission of Franklin County Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., there are many volunteers — called Guardians — and others who devote their time and efforts to the military veterans. The latest flight Wednesday included 33 veterans and 21 Guardians, who assist and care for the needs of the former military personnel. Several of the Guardians had two veterans to oversee.
The Guardians pay their own way, $500 a trip. Some of them push wheelchairs for veterans unable to walk very far. There are male and female Guardians, young and elderly. Before the trip they are briefed and even during the trips they have short meetings with the leaders. Before the trip they interview the veterans they will escort. Honor Flight has its own wheelchairs and they have to be loaded and unloaded on the bus during the visits to the memorials. The personal care they give during the trip compares with what a paid caregiver would provide.
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