“Why is all of this happening to me now – at this time of my life?” asked a bemused and bewildered Paul Fouts. He was, after all, featured recently on Channel 11 nightly news and was asked to be a keynote speaker at a large banquet. His question, actually, might have something to do with his age – he’s 95! But he doesn’t ponder the question long, because he is just too busy thinking of ways to raise more money for Honor Flight™ DFW, the non-profit organization that flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the war memorials.
Paul was first smitten by Honor Flight when he was one of the veterans on the organization’s second trip. “We all had stories to tell!” said Paul, who had been with the 92nd Infantry Division during the war.
He was thrilled to see the war monuments in Washington, as were all of the vets. But visiting the monuments wasn’t what impressed him the most about the all-expenses-paid trip. “First, a crowd cheered as we got on the plane. When we arrived in the Washington area, several hundred people greeted us clapping and cheering. I had tears in my eyes,” said Paul. “No one had ever thanked me before for having served in the war.”
“Several hundred people greeted us clapping and cheering. I had tears in my eyes … No one had ever thanked me for having served in the war.”
That afternoon, they visited Walter Reed Hospital where they saw several troops, and Paul made a point of thanking each one. He notes that war is worse today in that you can’t always see your enemy.
During the banquet that evening, most of the vets talked about the monuments, but Paul talked about the people. Upon the landing home, there was another huge group to welcome them while Irish bagpipers played.
“There is an urgency here. We are losing vets every day, and all we need is money.”
The experience made an indelible impression on Paul Fouts. In jewelry sales before he retired, he now puts his considerable sales talent to work raising money – even selling hugs – for Honor Flight™ DFW, which has sent over 250 people to Washington and has a waiting list of approximately 400.
“There is an urgency here. We are losing vets every day, and all we need is money,” said Paul, who happens to be Honor Flight’s No. 1 individual fund-raiser.
That’s the reason, by the way, for all of this 95-year-old’s recent – and well-deserved – notoriety.
To learn how to donate to Honor Flight™ DFW,
go to www.honorflightdfw.org.
WHAT HONOR FLIGHT SAYS ABOUT PAUL FOUTS:
“Whenever we have a fundraiser, we say, ‘We’ve got to call Paul!’ He’s a true salesman. Paul had such a great time on the flight himself; now, he’s working for hundreds of vets who are waiting to go so that they can have the same experience.” Melanie ‘Tudy’ Giordano, President Honor Flight™ DFW
BE A PART OF THE CHEERING CROWD WELCOMING THE NEXT HONOR FLIGHT HOME!
Meet the next group of World War II Honor Flight veterans as they arrive from Washington, D.C., on Saturday May 12, DFW, American Airlines Flight #1539.
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