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Apr 24, 2014 9:42 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Local Veteran Selected For Trip Of A Lifetime To Washington

CORPUS CHRISTI - It was a special night at Whataburger Field on Thursday night for one local veteran from Ingleside, but it followed an even more incredible experience in Washington.

Andrew Jackson Adams, Jr. enlisted in the Navy at 17 in 1944, at the tail end of World War 2.

But the former Navy Master Diver was just in time for both Korea and Vietnam.

Adams is now 87 and in better shape than most veterans his age, so his family encouraged him to apply for something called an "Honor Flight".

"I had more or less forgotten about it, and then I got a call and they asked me if I was still interested, and I said certainly," Adams recalls.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit that provides trips for veterans, flying them to Washington DC, and allowing them to see the memorials dedicated to them.

They are able to do it alongside other veterans who share their memories.

"I was hoping that I would run into a lot of my old buddies," he said, "but I made a lot of good friends while I was on this trip, and we exchanged email addresses and phone numbers and all that, and we'll be in touch.

Adams and others who served in World War 2 are given priority for the Honor Flights.

Before his recent trip, Adams hadn't been to Washington in more than 50 years, and might not have made it otherwise.

For him, it was the trip of a lifetime, and totally free.

"They put us up, gave us our meals. They even gave us tickets for booze if we wanted to drink," he laughs.

"Everything was paid for."

To cap it all off, he got to throw out the first pitch at the Hooks game on Thursday night.

It was a one time honor for the same reasons as the permanent honors in the nation's capital.

If you know a veteran who would appreciate a paid trip to Washington, or if you would like to help pay for other veterans to make the trip, go to www.honorflight.org.

The video below explains more about the organization...

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