AUSTIN (KXAN) — Veterans from Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan returned to Austin from Honor Flight Saturday.
Honor Flights are typically reserved for older veterans, from World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam, but this one is the the first of its kind for these younger veterans.
It was sponsored by Dallas-based 22-Kill, a group committed to preventing veteran suicide. The organization is named for a troubling statistic: 22 veterans a day take their own lives, and the group is committed to lowering that number.
The flight departed for Washington D.C. Friday morning and took on a mission of healing for these veterans.
Honor Flight Austin will continue to prioritize flights for older veterans. This mission is a special case with the sponsorship.
If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.