Captain Sean M. Corbett and his team of the 7th Special Forces Unit operating in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
It’s been a busy week for North Country Honor Flight.
At their recent meeting Nov. 20, Honor Flight director Danny Kaifetz announced receipt of a substantial grant Honor Flight had just received. Through a Clinton County legislative resolution proposed by county legislator Peter Keenan and Jim Langley, Honor Flight was awarded $30,000 on Nov. 13 to carry on their upcoming missions next summer.
“This is not coming from tax payer money,” Kaifetz said. “This is tobacco settlement money that the counties have to use, and they voted to use some of it for Honor Flight.”
With Clinton County’s resolution now passed, legislator Mark Dame is now lobbying the four other counties in the North Country Honor Flight network, Essex, Franklin, Washington and Jefferson, to bring up similar resolutions. There are also numerous other grants available to organizations like Honor Flight, Kaifetz points out, and they are attempting to find a dedicated volunteer whose sole job will be to pursue grant money.
After sending five flights of World War II veterans to Washington D.C. this past summer, Honor Flight is planning on sending seven next summer. The first flight, which will be May 17, is already booked with 14 veterans, and is already paid for by fund raising. The $30,000 grant will pay for the next two Honor Flights, totaling three flights already paid for.
Honor Flight will be fund raising throughout the holiday season, and will have a table set up at the mall throughout the “Black Friday” weekend. They are also actively working for toy donations for the upcoming Teens for Marines/Toys for Tots event Dec. 13 at the Rainbow Banquet Hall in Altona.
Honor Flight is also raising funds for Wreaths Across America, which will take place on Dec. 14 at noon at the Old Base cemetery. Wreaths can be purchased for $15, to be placed on a veteran’s headstone at the cemetery. Their goal is to have a wreath on every headstone.
One of the hallmarks of Honor Flights, nationwide, is “mail call.” At mail call, World War II veterans are given a sometimes staggering amount of mail; letters and home-made cards from school children and adults collected from around the area. With no Honor Flights scheduled for the winter, they hope to extend the idea of mail call to some soldiers serving overseas this holiday season. Honor Flight is asking readers, especially teachers who can extend the invitation to their children, to send a mail call to Captain Sean Corbett and his fellow soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Unit serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Anyone can send a letter or card to them by mailing it to “Honor Flight - SPECIAL FORCES, 1 Derek Drive, Keeseville NY 12944.” Honor Flight will take care of getting the mail to Kandahar.