In an effort to show support to our veterans, Ford sent 91 Chicago-area veterans to Washington D.C. via the ‘Honor Flight Chicago’ program on October 29th. The veterans visited the Nation’s capital, where they had the opportunity to experience the national war memorials that have been dedicated in their honor.
Honor Flight Chicago, the local hub of the Honor Flight Network, organized the trip. Ford Fund first partnered with Honor Flight in 2011 and since then, Ford has sponsored Honor Flights from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. In 2014 alone, Ford supported three flights with a total of over 200 veterans from across the nation, including Chicago.
“Ford is privileged to play a small role in what we hope is a big day of reflection, remembrance and recognition for those who fought to defend freedom, democracy and the American way of life,” said Jim Vella, president Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services in a recent news release.
Ford’s Sponsorship of Honor Flights isn’t the only method through which Ford Motor Company supports our military – in fact, the auto giant has a rich history of commitment to our veterans and active duty military personnel. Ford employs over 5,000 veterans and civilian employees, has provided $9 million to veteran’s organizations since 1974, and also provides support to military and their families through the American Red Cross.