Talons Out accepting Vietnam veterans for honor flights

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Talons Out Honor Flight Michigan announced it will now start accepting applications for Vietnam veterans during a news conference Tuesday.

The organization’s board and volunteers recently discussed whether it would move forward with serving the Vietnam veterans. The discussion came about after dealing with declining numbers of applications.

A challenge brought up at the conference was keeping up with increasing costs. Talons Out mentioned breaking the costs into “small bites from $10 for a veteran’s lunch to a $50,000 corporate sponsorship.”

Members of Talons Out mentioned how the decision to keep going will help many people heal, show appreciation as well as give veterans the welcome home they deserve.

The organization said its primary focus will be to continue to work with World War II and Korean War veterans.

Talons Out is planning its first flight of 2019 for April 20 out of the Kalamazoo International Airport. The organization is working to raise funds for another flight in spring and another one to two flights in fall this year.

Talons Out Honor Flight is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that honors veterans with a paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a fundraising event, donating or sponsoring opportunities can visit the Talons Out Honor Flight Michigan website.

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