Montana Veterans Fund to Support Veterans Causes Across the State
November 11, 2019- Montana Community Foundation (MCF) announces the creation of the Montana Veterans Fund. This fund, formerly the Big Sky Honor Flight Fund, will continue the good work of the honor flights by providing support to local veterans throughout the state.
Big Sky Honor Flight was created in 2012 and sent 750 WWII veterans on nine flights to Washington, DC to see the monuments and visit the World War II Memorial. It was a way to honor local veterans and celebrate their service. In 2014, the final honor flight took off from Montana, fulfilling Big Sky Honor Flight’s mission of sending all WWII veterans in Montana, who could physically make the trip and had the desire, to our nation’s capital.
Of the remaining funds from the Big Sky Honor Flight Fund, $10,000 was sent to the National Honor Flight Hub organization to help transport Montana veterans on their national waiting list to Washington. DC. The rest was used to set up a new endowed fund, Montana Veterans Fund, at Montana Community Foundation. The new permanent fund will support veteran causes in Montana forever.
“I’m thrilled we can finally do this," says Bill Kennedy, who was present on all nine flights and an integral part of fundraising efforts for the fund. “Through the new Montana Veterans Fund, the dollars raised through Big Sky Honor Flight, and future gifts to the new fund will continue to honor and support our veterans here in Montana.”
Make a contribution to the Montana Veterans Fund.