Inmates fund flight for veteran to Washington, D.C.
By Lt. Tom Mattson, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison
North Kern State Prison Incarcerated Veterans self-help program recently donated to the Honor Flight of Kern County, helping send one veteran to see the monuments at the nation’s capital.
Self-Help sponsor Roxy Burgion said the decision to donate to this organization was easy. Many of the veterans in the program have been following the Honor Flight on the local news stations and were amazed by the amount of support Kern County has given the local veterans
The Honor Flight of Kern County (HFKC) is one of 136 hubs from around the country which forms the Honor Flight Network. HFKC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization created to honor veterans as far away as the San Fernando Valley. There are approximately 46,000 veterans in Kern County with over 8,000 of them having served during World War II and the Korean War.
The Sept. 1 flight, the eighteenth for the organization, will be honoring World War II vets. Veterans who participate in the program have the opportunity to visit many of the memorials in D.C. including the WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln, Navy, Marine and Air Force memorials as well as the Changing of The Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
It costs $1,500 to fly a veteran to Washington D.C. for three days and two nights. The inmate food sale generated enough money to send one veteran to Washington.
Acting Warden Kelly Santoro was present to give the check and an 8-foot by 12-foot American flag to the organization.
Lili Marsh, Director for the Honor Flight, said she was thankful and truly appreciated the donation.
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Learn more about the organization, https://www.honorflight.org/