Pair of Tomahawk veterans to take Never Forgotten Honor Flight next week

For the Tomahawk Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Numerous area veterans, including two from Tomahawk, will participate in next week’s Never Forgotten Honor Flight (NFHF) to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials that honor their service.

The flight is organized by the Wausau-based NFHF organization, which serves veterans in Barron, Clark, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Price, Rusk, Taylor, Vilas and Wood counties.

The flight, slated for Monday, April 22, marks the Wausau-based NFHF organization’s 47th flight since the first took place in April 2010.

A total of 106 veterans – 11 Korean War veterans and 95 Vietnam War veterans – will take the flight.

Among those taking the trip are Tomahawk residents Thomas Lund, Navy; and Charles Schaar, Air Force.

Veterans from other communities throughout northern and central Wisconsin, including Abbotsford, Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Mosinee, Park Falls, Phillips, Rhinelander, Tripoli and Wausau, are also listed on the flight roster.

The veterans will be accompanied by 67 guardians on the one-day round trip that departs Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) in Mosinee at 6:30 a.m. and is scheduled to return at approximately 10 p.m.

The public is invited to CWA to welcome the veterans home. NFHF officials recommend arriving no later than 8:30 p.m. Free parking for those welcoming the veterans home will be provided. NFHF veteran alumni are encouraged to wear their NFHF-issued clothing (hat, shirt or windbreaker) for the welcome home ceremony.

Veterans receive a free round-trip flight, and guardians pay $500.00 for the opportunity to accompany one, two or three veterans on the trip.

Veterans and guardians interested in taking a future Honor Flight must complete an application at or contact the organization at 715-573-8519.

All veterans from the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras are encouraged to submit an application. The only criteria for veterans to qualify for an Honor Flight is to have served (active duty, reserves or National Guard) prior to May 7, 1975, regardless of where they served.

Completed applications for veterans and guardians also can be mailed to Never Forgotten Honor Flight, 4404 Rib Mountain Dr., #234, Wausau, Wis., 54401.

NFHF said the veterans are selected based upon the order in which their applications are received and the conflict they served in.

“Preference is given to World War II veterans, then Korea Veterans, and then Vietnam era veterans,” NFHF stated. “Veterans who are terminally ill, regardless of when they served in those three eras, are given top preference. Guardians should be 18 to 69 years old and able to lend physical assistance to the veterans.”

Following the flight, NFHF will have flown more 4,505 veterans to Washington, D.C.

North Central Wisconsin’s NFHF is the nation’s 77th regional hub and one of five Wisconsin Honor Flight hubs. The Wausau-based organization was certified by the National Honor Flight Network office in Springfield, Ohio on Dec. 11, 2009.

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