Vietnam veteran returns from honor flight trip

October 2, 2018

JEFFERSON -- Several Rainbow Hospice Care employees recently joined over 4,000 people as they waited at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee for the return of Vietnam veterans from their honor flight.

The staff was there to greet their patient Gary “Lou” Dehnert, 66, a U.S. Army veteran who was able to participate in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with his son and caretaker, Daniel.

While reflecting on his trip with Rainbow Hospice Care staff, Dehnert -- who had served in motor pool operations in the 528th unit during Vietnam -- shared that “everyone was so nice and wanted to take their picture with me. I felt famous. It was an amazing experience and I am so thankful I was able to share it with my son.”

The Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program covered Daniel’s trip costs, and Honor Flight covered Dehnert’s cost. The two traveled from Watertown to Washington D.C., where they visited the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial and the Air Force Memorial.

Dehnert said “seeing all those people there to welcome us home was the best part.”

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