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Police escorts for visiting veterans washington d.c.on honor flights, travel will resume after Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and a host of officials called the National Park Service to ensure visiting military members receive “the full experience they have won”.
The United States Park Police announced on Monday that it will resume escorting veterans on tours with Honor Flight, which organizes trips for veterans, often injured or elderly, to visit national war memorials. and other sites in the nation’s capital.
“Having witnessed many first-hand accounts, these escorts are one of the few good things that the federal government facilitates; we shouldn’t mess it all up,” Roy told Fox News Digital in an exclusive statement. Roy led a congressional effort in April with 75 members of Congress calling on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to resume escorts.
“I’m glad the administration has finally come to its senses and realized that as well. At the end of the day, veterans are putting their lives on the line to keep this republic free, and they deserve to be treated accordingly. when they visit our nation’s capital,” Roy said.
REPRESENTING. ROY, 75 HOUSE REPUBLICANS PRESS BIDEN ADMIN TO RESUME POLICE ESCORTS FOR ‘HONOR FLIGHT’ VETERAN IN DC
“It is imperative that veterans – especially those with physical disabilities – have the parking access necessary to facilitate access to each war memorial in order to fully enjoy the experience they have gained,” says Roy’s letter.
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., led a letter with a bipartisan Florida congressional delegation group in March urging the DOI to resume police escorts.
The Honor Flight Network has taken more than 240,000 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans on all-expenses-paid trips around Washington, DC. Many traveling veterans are terminally ill or disabled.
MORE THAN 100 SENIOR VETERANS FLY TO WASHINGTON, DC TO VISIT MEMORIALS BUILT IN THEIR HONOR
“It is a top-notch honor for the National Park Service and Honor Flight Network to serve our nation’s veterans in this way, and we look forward to continuing our long partnership that recognizes their service and sacrifice,” said the Home Office and Honor Flight. said Monday in a joint press release announcing the new deal.
The Home Office said Park Police will resume escorts on June 1 for Honor Flight trips to the capital, but will no longer provide some services. The more than 300 Honor Flight trips each year made it “increasingly difficult” to provide comprehensive escort services, according to the press release.
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Prior to the suspension of police escort services in 2020, United States Park Police escorted traveling veterans from the three major airports around Washington into the District, which “is now recognized as inappropriate in situations non-emergency and inconsistent with modern law enforcement best practices.”
The department will instead focus on guiding veterans around the memorials, including a traffic escort to cross the bridge from the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.
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