16baaf8f-8e69-4926-bdf6-d22f5f371273Washington, D.C- Over a hundred veterans from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula flew to Washington, D.C. today from Escanaba to visit the World War II Memorial and other sites in Washington, D.C. Upon arrival, they were greeted by their Congressman, Dr. Dan Benishek.

“These veterans put their lives on the line when our country needed them most. It is always moving to see them visit for the first time the monuments that were created in their honor,” said Dr. Benishek. “It is great that we can provide this opportunity to those who have served as a small way of saying ‘thank you.”

Today’s Honor Flight was the 8th mission flown from Escanaba in a tradition that began in 2011. The airfare and meals are all provided at no cost to the veteran thanks to private donations.

Dr. Benishek spent 20 years as a VA doctor treating patients at the Iron Mountain VA facility.  As Chairman of the Veterans Health Subcommittee, he played an integral role in creating and helping to pass the landmark reform legislation, leading many of the hearings that uncovered the VA’s incompetency.  Dr. Benishek was also successful in getting a new law enacted based on an idea from a local veterans that provides Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) greater access to federal surplus property, such as spare vehicles and equipment, for use at their facilities.  You can learn more about Dr. Benishek’s Veterans Action Initiative here.

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