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Portage non-profit seeks to set up Honor Flight hub in W. Mich.
PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Portage non-profit has taken on the challenge of sending a group of World War II veterans to Washington for a day, free of charge.
They were inspired after bringing the movie "Honor Flight" to West Michigan earlier this year.
It's a documentary of four Wisconsin veterans that took the trip to see the capitol's World War II Memorial as a thank you for serving our country.
With Detroit's Honor Flight hub recently shutting down, the nearest current group is based in the U.P.
Now, a new Portage-based non-profit, Talons Out, is hoping to raise the money for an Honor Flight here in southwest Michigan, in an effort to give our vets one final mission.
For Dan Moyle and four others, it was the movie "Honor Flight," which inspired them to bring a hub to West Michigan.
"I am free because of them," Moyle said. "The generations that came before me have structured our country and done some amazing things. If I can give back just a little bit, I want to."
The group Talons Out: Honor Flight, is just getting started.
They spent last week in Port Washington, Wisconsin, learning the experiences first-hand from the four veterans showcased in the film on their 24 hour trip to Washington.
"I had no idea how much it means to them," Moyle said. "Watching the movie helped me understand that."
The flight is free for World War II vets, fueled by volunteers support and donations.
They cost about $500 each.
So far, 6 to 8 southwest Michigan vets have applied.
Right now, the group has the funding to send four, with a goal of flying as many as 20.
For Moyle, it's the stories of these men that's fueling his mission with Talons Out.
"These vets have great stories on what they did, where they came from; they were kids going to war, and they came back changed," he said.
Now, they're turning to the community for support in helping our local heroes have the same experiences these men had on their Honor Flight.
Right now, Talons Out is accepting applications for veterans interested in taking this first Honor Flight, which is tentatively planned for October 17th.
To learn more on how to volunteer or donate, just click here.