Cliff Fejfar, Volunteer
“Rocky Mountain Honor Flight was created to transport our American veterans to Washington DC for two days of remembrance, honor and celebration of their service and sacrifice.”
Cliff Fejfar, is a Vietnam veteran. He has volunteered with Rocky Mountain Honor Flight for almost five years, and holds the title of Vice President. His dedication to bring these trips for our World War II veterans to fruition is heartwarming.
In Cliff’s words, “Someone once said, ‘They are not gone until they are all forgotten.’ I find this to be very true. The reason I find Rocky Mountain Honor Flight so rewarding is because I am a Vietnam veteran myself. In many ways I can relate to what these WWII veterans have gone through. I served in Vietnam one tour, 68-69 with the Navy Special Forces/Brown Water Navy and awarded the Purple Heart. Ours was one of the longest and most difficult kind of war. It was so strange to be shot at one day and the next standing in the middle of San Francisco. When someone asks me when did I serve in Vietnam, I tell them, last night, because it never leaves you. “
“It seems that every generation has their own war to fight, Vietnam was mine. I hope that when I am older there is an organization around that still cares enough to push an old veteran in a wheelchair to see his memorials in DC.”
These trips are to honor our WWII and Korean heroes, and due to their age group, safety is a huge concern. Because top priority is given to the most senior veterans, including those who maybe terminally ill, health and comfort is a big consideration. Cliff, and all of the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight volunteers work hard to make each trip memorable.
During our conversations, Cliff shared his concern regarding how the clock is ticking. We are losing approximately 850 of our senior veteran population per day. Included on the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight website, there are 109 names listed in memory of veterans who made one of the previous 23 flights from Colorado to Washington DC who have passed. Every trip that can honor 30 more veterans is significant.
The dates for their upcoming fall trips are as follows: September 17, 18, and 19, 2015 and October 22, 23, and 24, 2015. These trips are at no cost to the veteran. Private donations are their life line. For more information, including their four page application which can be downloaded from their site: www.rockymountainhonorflight.org.
Rocky Mountain Honor Flight would also like to invite more followers on their Facebook page.
Although all of the honorable veterans who have been part of the previous 23 trips to Washington DC are special, Cliff included a picture of WWII veteran, Richard Carlton. They became close friends from the first day they connected regarding an upcoming trip in 2011, till his passing in 2013. Mr. Carlton attended a trip with his brother, Lloyd, in October 2011.
Thank you Cliff Fejfar, Richard Carlton and all of our service members past and present, for keeping us safe, by serving our country.