LEESVILLE, La. - As wounded veterans return from war, adjustments must be made. But one adjustment that may be hardest to deal with is being separated from family. One program is taking flight to help veterans and their families stay connected.
Retired sergeant Greg Williams is eager to head home to his three-year-old granddaughter.
SFC Greg Williams, and wife Giovanna: "I'm excited. Very excited. She's something else."
Sergeant Williams of Leesville suffered major injuries in a grenade ambush while deployed in Afghanistan in 2006. Medical costs add up quickly, and now that makes it difficult for him to travel and visit his family. But, he's getting a little help.
He's about to be able to see his granddaughter, thanks to the Veterans Airlift Command, a non-profit organization that arranges donated flights for veterans who couldn't otherwise make the trip.
Sgt. Williams: "They got me home in time to see my father before he actually passed away. And that's the only way... I wouldn't have made it if it wouldn't have been for them."
Andre Bohy is donating his time and his plane, and his company, Omni Financial, is donating the gas money for the Williams' trip. He says, it's his way of serving those who serve.
Andre Bohy, Omni Financial: "Little secret: we pilots just need a good excuse to fly. And I couldn't think of a better reason than what we're doing here today."
Bohy says, he's been doing this for years, and it's veterans like Sergeant Williams who make it worthwhile.
Bohy: "It's our way of giving back to the people that serve our country and help protect our freedom."
And Sgt. Williams' wife Giovanna says these flights end up being priceless.
Giovanna: "To have these pilots available and this organization available to these soldiers for keeping their families together... They heal faster when they have their family."
A program that takes giving back to our veterans...to new heights.
Sgt. Williams and his wife will spend a week in Georgia with their daughter and granddaughter.
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