Honor Flight Network is an organization geared toward paying tribute to America’s veterans. This non-profit provides transportation to Washington, DC to visit the World War II memorial. For these flights, a top priority is given to World War II veterans and those veterans who are terminally ill. This flight and the day’s activities are free, funded by donations. Once in DC the veterans will have lunch, tour the monument and then fly back in the same day. On the return flight, the veterans will have mail calls, receiving letters from family and friends thanking them for their service.
To experience one of these flights all you need to do is find a hub close to your location. Once you find your hub you will then need to fill out an application. If you are in Southeast Florida there is a hub in Martin County. Once the application is completed you will be added to the veteran waiting list. Veterans are selected to go on the trip based on the order in which their applications are received.
The Southeast Florida Chapter of Honor Flight Network was formed in 2008 and services Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, and Palm Beach counties. This hub has four flights a year and typically takes about 85 veterans per flight.
Honor flights are just one of the many benefits veterans receive for their service. Other benefits may include medical care, pensions and disability compensation.
Disability compensation is a tax-free benefit paid to veterans suffering from a service-connected disability. The degree of disability will determine the amount of monetary compensation you receive. The main consideration is whether your disability is somehow related to your service and whether it is in fact a disability. Disability is graded on a scale from 0 to 100 percent. There are certain conditions that are “presumed” disabilities such as former prisoners of war, veterans exposed to radiation, mustard gas, or Lewisite while in service, or veterans who served in the Gulf War. All other veterans’ disabilities will be evaluated based on the medical evidence, and the relationship between the disability and your military service.
At the LaBovick Law Group, we provide our veterans with the best possible service. You have selflessly served our country, so now it’s our turn to return the favor. Call the LaBovick Law Group, and we will help you obtain disability benefits or we can provide you with a list of resources that might benefit you, such as the Honor Flight program.