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Raymond and Barb Minor urge other Bartholomew County families to consider sending family members who are surviving World War II veterans on future Honor Flight trips.

Many families don’t know about the program and incorrectly believe they’ll have to pay expenses or worry their elderly loved one isn’t strong enough to make the trip, Barb Minor said.

But since each flight includes individual guardians, as well as accompanying doctors and nurses, no participant has ever been injured, become seriously ill or died as a result of the trip during the organization’s 10-year history, Barb Minor said.

“There’s no reason to be afraid,” she said. “If you can sit in a wheelchair, you can make it.”

The Indy Honor Flight program is part of the 9-year-old National Honor Flight Network, which has sent almost 100,000 veterans to Washington at no charge to them since its inception.

“I wish every member of the armed forces could be honored this way,” Raymond Minor said. “You won’t believe the feeling you’ll have. It’s fantastic.”

The program is expected to soon become open to veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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