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By ANGELA NICHOLAS | Philanthropist.com | Sat, April 18th, 2020 | philanthropist.com

His entire life, Jeff Miller has liked nothing better than sitting at the side of a World War II veteran listening to stories about the war and life after. It came naturally as the only child of a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific and nephew to an Army Air Corp B-24 bomber pilot who lost his life in 1944 during a bombing run in Czechoslovakia. A big part of Jeff’s intrigue with the war revolved around a trunk filled with military letters and documents regarding that uncle's service.

Jeff Miller“My mother lost her oldest brother in the war and he had made that trunk for her," Jeff said. "I went to the trunk and opened it and found letters from my uncle, the flag from his casket, letters from the military commander and my uncle’s flight log." Jeff’s dad died in 2003 and it was after his mother’s death in 2006 that Jeff was able to view the contents of that trunk. He also found a telegram informing the family of his uncle’s death. His mother was only 17. But, perhaps the most amazing thing he found was his mother’s diary that she had written in every day while her brother was away at war. Now Jeff had his uncle’s flight book, where he had recorded not just a flight record but also his daily activities, and he could compare that to his mother’s notes made stateside. It was fascinating information.

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Steve Henderson,  Vietnam War vet and Marybeth Burns,  board member of the Blue Ridge Honor Flight, explain how Brothers Like These provides healing for vets through the arts and creative writing.  Check it out here.

 

(April 30, 2020- Hendersonville, NC) -  Blue Ridge Honor Flight is carefully monitoring developments concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has had to postpone the flight scheduled for May 16, 2020,  but the organization is still at work in the community.

“We are partnering with local restaurants to prepare meals and goodies and then we’re delivering them to those working the front lines…. making sure to take all necessary safety measures to protect them and ourselves,” said BRHF founder Jeff Miller.

If you’d like to support their efforts and contribute to the cost of meals, please send your contribution to : BRHF, 423 N. King Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792 Attention: Jeff Miller. In the memo line, please write “meals”.

 Blue Ridge Honor Flight delivering meals to Pardee Hospital.     A volunteer delivering meals to Covid responders at Pardee Hospital.

The Blue Ridge Honor Flight team bought and delivered meals to the critical COVID-19 teams at Pardee Hospital.

A poker run is set for Mills River next month, with proceeds benefiting Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

The Veterans of Valor Poker Run takes place Sept. 14, beginning and ending at Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River at 72 School House Road. Motorcycles and car clubs are welcome.
Proceeds will benefit Blue Ridge Honor Flight, a program that flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. The first rider will be out at 10 a.m., with the last rider out by noon. A celebration afterward will take place at Bold Rock from 4 to 6 p.m. with live music from the Stipe Brothers.
The event is free and open to the public. Cost for the poker run is $25 per hand and $10 for a second rider. The best hand wins $500, second place wins $300 and the worst hand gets $200. There will also be a $500 50/50 raffle.
For more information, contact Sarah Leatham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By JONAH LOSSIAH | ONE FEATHER STAFF | Tue, Jul 30th, 2019 | www.theonefeather.com

On Saturday, Sept. 21, I am being honored with the opportunity to participate in the Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

For those that don’t know, the Honor Flight is an event held to support and respect military veterans of this area. The trip consists of flying to Washington, D.C. out of Asheville for a full-day event. The group is made up of veterans and guardians. They tour the different memorials of D.C., pay their respects, and honor those there and ones who have fallen.

The job of the guardians, which will primarily be my role (other than that of a reporter), is to provide the veterans with whatever it is that they need. This may entail pushing of a wheelchair, conversation, or simply allowing for the presence of someone who cares.

I was presented this opportunity by Warren Dupree; a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and an U.S. Army veteran. When Mr. Dupree came into our office with this offer, I immediately accepted when asked if I could go.

The reason I am so excited about this trip is because of what it means to the people going. To some, this might seem a minor event. Washington D.C. isn’t that far, and many forget what those memorials mean to those who have served.

Even more than that, though, it’s the effort and the support of a community. Respect is a powerful thing. I wish to show that I deeply respect these men and women on this flight. Now and then you need to analyze how you can help other people. Whether they’re in desperate need, or you feel like lending a favor, it’s often the small things that end up having a massive impact on a life.

This trip is likely to change my perspective on certain aspects of my life. Once you enter an environment like that, you can’t help but feel honored being there with them. Keeping in mind that your presence could make somebody’s day.

Mr. Dupree told me how important this day was for him when he first went. Of course, I am in a much different situation, having never served in the military myself. But, I wish to align my mind with theirs for that day.

“It is such a well-organized and significant event,” said Dupree.

“To go on this flight and to be allowed to visit with fellow veterans who served maybe not at the same time, but in the same area, it’s a spiritual cleansing. It’s a profoundly emotional event and day. You’re able to make peace with yourself.”

Tears might be shed. Smiles and disbelief will also be in abundance, I’m sure. It will feel terrific knowing that I will not be the only EBCI member on that flight. Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed and his wife, who were both U.S. Marines, will be guardians on the trip. Dupree is expecting at least one EBCI veteran on the flight, as well.

However, Warren Dupree wishes for it to be known that there are still spaces on the September 21 flight. He is actively encouraging any veterans in the area that are interested in going to contact him directly at (828) 508-2657. The flight is free of charge for veterans, as the event has a strong fundraising effort to pay for those that have served.

“What better way to heal?” Dupree asks his fellow veterans.

“Let this happen. Take the opportunity that a grateful community is giving to you, that wants you to at least visit those memorials that are dedicated to the men and women that served our country. These memorials are dedicated to them; they may not have another opportunity.”

I hope this commentary has shed some light on an important day for a lot of people, and possibly encouraged a few more in joining me on this journey.