Colorado student pilots airlift holiday cheer to veterans

Elizabeth Howe
December 10, 2018 - 11:46 am

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Veterans living in rural parts of Colorado can sometimes have a hard time getting supplies for the holidays — so these student pilots flew some to them. 

Students from the Metro State University Precision Flight Team partnered with the Colorado Aviation Business Association to put on the 8th annual VFW charity airlift. Pilots fly clothes, non-perishable food items, and toys to VFW posts in rural parts of Colorado like Burlington and Pueblo. The VFW distributes those items through holiday events.

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“We’re bringing things that they might not be able to get themselves. Things that make their lives a lot easier," Bill Jones, one of the pilots, told CBS Denver. Jones flew out of Centennial Airport in a plane loaded with clothes, food, and toys. 

According to KDVR, the program began with just four planes. Last year, over a dozen planes delivered $8,000 worth of food and toys to veterans in rural parts of Colorado. This year, 30 aircraft are participating — including a helicopter.

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“It’s an incredible impact. I know the VFWs of some of the remote locations — without this they wouldn't’t be able to provide as much as they do to their veteran community,” Marine Corps veteran Justin Darnall, MSU Denver student government president, told CBS Denver. 

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