Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico - Non Profit of the Month August 2013

Aug 9th, 2013

Since 2004, Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico has sent veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials.

Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico

301 S. CHURCH ST., SUITE H • 202-8102 • 202-6366 • WWW.HONORFLIGHTNM.COM



To pay tribute to all veterans who ensured the many freedoms that all Americans enjoy today.


To send veterans who have never had the opportunity to experience the memorials that are dedicated to them for service to our country to Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veteran.

Key goals:

• Our most urgent focus remains sending all World War II veterans who have not seen their memorial to Washington, D.C.

• Our attention goes beyond this to include both Korean and Vietnam veterans as space and funding permits.

• Any veteran who has a terminal illness will be given priority and will be invited to join the very next flight.


The Honor Flight Network program was conceived by Earl Morse, a physician assistant and retired Air Force captain.

In May 2004, when the WWII memorial was finally completed and dedicated, it quickly became the topic of discussion among his veteran patients.

Most of these senior heroes were in their 80s and lacked the
physical and mental wherewithal to complete a trip on their own.

Morse, in addition to being a physician, was also a private pilot and member of one of the nation’s largest aero clubs, located at Wright-Patterson AFB. He started asking fellow pilots for help. Eleven pilots who had never met any of the WWII veterans stepped up to volunteer, and Honor Flight was born.

Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico is a hub of that national program, and was established six years ago by business and community leaders who were devoted to honoring veterans.

As of October 2012, thanks to the community’s support, 229 veterans from New Mexico have made this trip. They proudly wear the Honor Flight yellow jacket and are presented with a video commemorating their experience.

This October will mark the sixth flight back to the nation’s capital allowing about 40 more veterans the opportunity to see their memorial

Key people to know:

• David Melcher–Chairman

• Debra Melcher –Secretary

• Dale Lindley –Funding Director

• Harry Monahan–Board Member

• Jacobo Varela–New Mexico State University Military Affairs

• Elizabeth Driggers–Sen. Tom Udall’s office

• J.Joe Martinez– Congressman Steve Pearce’s office

• Jake Rollow–Sen.Martin Heinrich’s office
Events and activities:

• Ongoing:Adopt a Veteran Program (see website for information)

• Pancake breakfast fundraiser: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, VFW Post No. 6917, off U.S.

Highway 70 and Porter Road.

Cost is $5 and includes dine in or take-out.

Future plans: To continue the program indefinitely honoring all veterans, as their memorials are built, who served during more current conflicts in this single tribute to their bravery, loyalty, hard work and dedication to our nation.

Since 2004, Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico has sent veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials.