SPOKANE, Wash. – It will still be a couple years before the Inland Northwest Honor Flight dedicates a flight to Vietnam Veterans. The organization is still working on getting all the local World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.
But even the next scheduled Honor Flight from Spokane in September might not be soon enough for Roger Fleishour, 66, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago.
“I was given six months seven months ago,” Fleishour said.
The Vietnam War veteran spent more than 20 years managing Deer Park’s Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 3067. It was his friends there that reached out to Honor Flight to arrange the special trip for Fleishour because they knew a trip to the nation’s capital was one item on his bucket list.
Fleishour has never been to Washington, D.C. He wants to go so he can say “thank you” to the more than 50,000 names on the Vietnam Wall.
“Each name is not just connected to one other person,” Fleishour said. “It’s connected to a whole bunch.”
Fleishour served as a corpsman, operating on the war’s wounded in Vietnam. Now, as he sees it, his job isn’t done yet.
“God needs another corpsman,” Fleishour said.
He will return to the Spokane International Airport to a hero’s welcome on Sunday at 12:10 p.m.