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USAA’s We Know What It Means to Serve Channel: Joe Byron

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We Know What It Means to Serve

We Know What It Means to Serve


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Joe Byron knows what it means to serve—and for his dad’s generation to do so too. Five years ago, the Vietnam veteran and retired law-enforcement officer in Manchester, N.H., founded Honor Flight New England, a non-profit organization that transports World War II vets to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., at no cost. HFNE made its first trip in June 2009—an experience that brought tears of joy to Joe’s eyes. “We had 19 World War II veterans; 15 POWs and one vet who lost his sight while serving,” he tells American Heroes Radio host Lt. Raymond E. Foster. “It was incredible to see the excitement in their faces about being able to travel down to our nation’s capital. A lot of them had never been there. And those who had, haven’t been back since 2004, when the memorial was inveiled. But all of them were thrilled that younger folks remember their service.”