Honor Flight Nevada departs for a trip of a lifetime

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RENO, NV (KOLO) -- Local veterans got the chance to go on a trip of a lifetime Thursday morning, the anniversary of D-Day.

Honor Flight Nevada is helping veterans see memorials dedicated to them in Washington DC. A total of 50 veterans went this time around for the three-day trip, with more than 30 going for the first time.

Jon Yuspa with Honor Flight says this experience is a great opportunity for veterans to share stories and open up about their experiences in the service- often for the first time.

Some veterans say they have been waiting patiently for this chance.

“We have been waiting for some time; we wanted folks from the Second World War and Korean War have the opportunity to go ahead of time. I have had the paperwork for about three years and finally submitted and gosh got the call in a matter of a few days," said Mike Vadnais, who is a Vietnam era veteran.

A welcome home event for veterans returning from their flight will be held Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Reno-Tahoe International Airport; the public is invited.

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