WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Saturday, representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with veterans from the Akron-Canton area in Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program. Approximately 116 veterans traveled from Northeast Ohio to visit the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War memorials, Arlington National Ceremony, and the Iwo Jima memorial; the group then returned to Ohio on Saturday evening.
“Ohio’s warriors have earned the thanks of a grateful nation. The Honor Flight Network program helps bring our veterans to visit their memorials—memorials built in honor of their service and sacrifice,” Brown said. “As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, it is an honor to fight to ensure that these veterans have access to the resources needed to heal, recover, and continue to enrich the Ohio communities that they live in today.”
The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that helps transport America's veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. According to the organization, top priority is given to America's most senior veterans — survivors of World War II and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit their memorial.
Brown, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, has convened field hearings around Ohio to examine how the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) can better serve veterans in rural areas and cities across Ohio. He is the author of several legislative initiatives that would strengthen our nation's commitment to veterans by improving education reimbursements and expanding employment protection for former service members.