Loebsack Welcomes Quad Cities Honor Flight to Washington Print
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:17

Three generations of Veterans – WWII, Korean and Vietnam – view monuments built in their honor  


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today welcomed the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities to the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.  Loebsack presented the members of the Honor Flight, and the Vietnam Veterans who accompanied them as guardians, with copies of the Congressional Record statement he submitted in recognition of their service, as well as copies of the Constitution.  The Honor Flight of the Quad Cities brings both World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington to visit our nation’s capital and Memorials built in their honor.  This visit also included Vietnam Veterans who served as escorts for the WWII and Korean veterans and the Honor Flight also visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

“I look forward to welcoming each Honor Flight to our nation’s capital so they can see the memorials that were built in their honor.  Being able to welcome three generations of veterans today was especially meaningful,” said Loebsack.  “We cannot thank these veterans enough for their service to our nation.  I was honored to present them with a copy of the statement I made for the official Congressional Record to recognize their service.”

The honor flights are all fully paid for, and the veterans are typically accompanied by volunteers who donate their time to ensure that the veterans have a safe trip. This group included over 100 veterans. The Honor Flight left from the Quad Cities Airport this morning and will return tonight.

Loebsack is an avid supporter of our veterans. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he has worked to improve care and benefits for our servicemembers and veterans, including expanding Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for the National Guard; expanding access to mental health care; helping our veterans find civilian jobs; and opening new Community Based Outpatient Clinics to improve access to VA services for Iowa veterans.  He also recently co-introduced bipartisan legislationto eliminate the waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for servicemembers wounded in combat.

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