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Voyage of Valor 2019

In partnership with GHC Housing Partners, Wish of a Lifetime sent 14 veterans from seven different states to Washington D.C. for the very first time to see the memorials that were erected in their honor. From the monuments, to the U.S. Capitol where the group met with congressmen, to the final dinner overlooking the city at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, this group of veterans had a well-deserved experience they will never forget!

Joe, 70, enlisted in the Navy in 1965 at the age of 18 and served for three years as an FMF Corpsman (a Navy Medic that is attached to a Marine Unit). Joe came from a military family and spent his early years living wherever his father was stationed. Joe’s father was a Major in the U.S. Army who served in WWII and was later killed in combat serving during the Korean War. Joe’s last memory of his father was his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery at six years old. It has been a life-long wish for Joe to return to his father’s gravesite. On April 29, 2019, Joe was able to make the emotional return to his father’s gravesite to honor him one final time.