Community Involvement, Rehabilitation

PVSP helps veterans visit DC war memorials

Veterans in wheelchairs are greeted by cheering crowd.
Pleasant Valley State Prison incarcerated veterans sponsored two veterans for the Central Valley Honor Flight. Here they are greeted on their return with cheers and flags.

Incarcerated veterans at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) worked with staff to raise $3,000 from food sales to benefit the 22nd annual Central Valley Honor Flight. The incarcerated veterans donate to the flight every year as a way to give back.

The goal of the honor flight is to send veterans who served in various wars to visit memorials dedicated to them. The incarcerated population was able to sponsor two veterans through their fundraising efforts. One of the veterans was a local Coalinga resident.

The honor flight took place over several days in September. The participating veterans completed a whirlwind tour of the Washington, D.C., memorials for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

The PVSP Community Resource Team (CRT) joined other community members at the Fresno Yosemite Airport to welcome the veterans home from their trip, cheering them on and celebrating the conclusion of a great adventure.

“My special thanks goes to our PVSP CR Team and the incarcerated population. Thank you veterans for your courage and for putting your country first. There are no words to express how grateful we all are of our veterans. Thank you for all you have done,” said acting Warden Tristan Lemon.

Learn more about Central Valley Honor Flight.

Submitted by Lt. C. Mendoza

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