(Fremont County, WY) – AARP Wyoming is looking for nominations to send U.S. Military Veterans aged 65 and over, living in Wyoming, to Washington, D.C. to visit the nation’s capital, as well as see the monuments and memorials built in honor of our veterans’ service and sacrifice.
The trips to D.C. are fulfilled through Wish of a Lifetime, a charitable affiliate of AARP that grants life-changing wishes to older adults and inspires people to redefine aging in America. The Wyoming Voyage of Valor is a Wyoming-specific trip that brings 20 veterans and their companions to Washington in May of 2024. AARP Associate State Director for Local Advocacy and Outreach Jennifer Baier says if there is enough interest, another trip to Washington may be added.
“We saw Wish of a Lifetime was doing wishes to send veterans to Washington, D.C. on its Facebook page,” Baier says. “We called Wish of a Lifetime and told them our Honor Flights had ceased to exist. Partnering with Wish of a Lifetime from AARP is going to make visiting monuments, reconnecting with loved ones, and fulfilling lifelong dreams of visiting DC a reality for Wyoming Veterans and their families.”
Nominations are due by February 1, 2024, and the 20 veterans will be selected by Wish of a Lifetime. Nominees need to be over age 65, and military veterans, but do not need to be combat vets, nor do they need to be highly decorated veterans. Wish of a Lifetime will address logistics, such as specific days for the trip, based on weather and the most convenient airport for Wyoming’s Voyage of Valor to originate from once nominations are received.
For more information, contact Baier at: [email protected].