The last time I was in Washington DC I saw something that changed my life and ever since I've wanted to do it too. This year, I'm gonna apply to do it.

Have you ever heard of an Honor Flight? If you haven't it's not only a beautiful way for volunteers to support the military but a trip that the veterans deserve to take. Multiple times during the year honor flights are conducted to transport military veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost to them to visit the memorials of the respective wars they served in.

You can find a list of all of the flights around the country, contact information for the regional organizations, as well as specific websites through the official Honor Flight website. Locally, we have the Capital District Patriot Flight (Delmar, NY) and the Leatherstocking Honor Flight (Cobleskill, NY) which both fly out of Albany International Airport.

There usually is a waitlist involved so if this is something you're interested, apply via pages on their respective websites. If taking the time isn't possible, you can always, of course, donate money. Remember, these veterans go at no cost to them and the regional organizations need funding to help get them there. These military veterans have put their lives on the line to protect your freedoms and rights, getting them to the memorials of their respective wars is just a small piece of what they deserve.