RENO, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV) - "It's been a year coming. Getting the logistics and putting it all together and it worked perfectly," said Jon Yuspa. Yuspa has been the driving force in putting together Nevada's first Honor Flight. It has taken a lot of time, money and volunteers.
Yuspa says it cost about $80,000 to send 33 local veterans on the first flight. The cost covers transportation, hotel accommodations, food and even cameras for veterans to capture the memories.
Veterans toured the memorials built in their honor. When they returned to Reno, they were given a heroes welcome that brought them to tears. Reno resident and Navy Veteran Traci Adams happened to be on the return flight. "I'm crying because I love our service men and women. I know how under appreciated they were," said Adams.
Organizers and volunteers say they hope to bring even more veterans to Washington D.C. next time, but it will take community support and donations. "Donations really are important so we can keep troops going, keep veterans flying. It gives them hope America still loves them America still respects them and are thankful for what they did," said Susan Barr a volunteer nurse.
"It makes me feel good. That I did something right," said World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veteran William Curry. Others will eave with memories of a lifetime. "I will remember it all of my life," said Jimmie Monsoor. "I will too," said Marilyn Monsoor.
To donate or find out more about Honor Flight Nevada, visit www.honorflightnv.org