GIVING BACK: Honor EverywhereBlog
August 04, 2021
Each issue, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charitable organization that benefits the military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day.
This issue we are highlighting the Honor Flight Network and its associated organization, Honor Everywhere. The nonprofit network was cofounded in 2005 by Earl Morse, a physician assistant and retired Air Force captain, and Jeff Miller, a small business owner and son of a WWII veteran. The Honor Flight Network’s mission is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. – an all-expenses-paid trip – to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed in U.S. conflicts. Participation in an Honor Flight trip gives veterans the chance to spend time with other veterans, to remember friends and comrades lost, and share their stories and experiences with each other.
The Honor Flight Network is currently serving veterans who served from World War II to the Korean War and through to Vietnam. It also helps catastrophically ill and injured veterans from all service eras.
Honor Everywhere – a service of the Central Missouri Honor Flight chapter – is a virtual-reality (VR) tour of the memorials in Washington, D.C., which is portable and can be brought to an aging or ill veteran’s home. The short films create an immersive experience for aging and terminally ill veterans as the filmmakers use 360-degree, 3D video.
Honor Everywhere acknowledges the fact that the U.S. is losing 500 World War II veterans every day; most will never get the chance to see their war memorials in person as they are too frail to travel on Honor Flights to Washington. The Honor Everywhere VR experience is free as well, and a team will travel to serve and honor veterans in groups at assisted living or nursing homes.