Patriotic welcome greets Vietnam veteran battling terminal cancer

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A local Vietnam War veteran was honored with a trip to Washington, D.C. through Honor Flight.

Roger Fleishour was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 and was told that he only had months to live. He feared that he might not live to see the next Honor Flight in September, 2013, so the Honor Flight organizers made an exception for him.

“Words fail a person standing in front of the monuments,” Fleishour said.

Fleishour was welcomed back at Spokane International Airport by many friends who had asked Honor Flight to take him on the trip early along with his son in uniform. His son saluted him.

“My son in uniform,” Fleishour said. “He surprised me.”

Other veterans like him were already on his mind as he set off from the airport.

“I would ask people to donate to the cause,” Fleishour said, “to get every World war II, Korea, and Vietnam vet to get their dream.”

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