WATCH: Vietnam War veteran challenges TSA officer to push-up competition

Connecting Vets
October 17, 2019 - 11:04 am
Vietnam nurse challenges TSA agent to push up competition

(Courtesy of Arizona Honor Flight)


No Army veteran is stranger to doing a proper push-up, including one 84-year-old Army veteran.

Maggie DeSanti was in Washington, D.C, along with a group of other Vietnam veterans Wednesday, as part of the Phoenix, Ariz. chapter of the Honor Flight Network.

But, before the flight took off, DeSanti challenged a nearby TSA officer to a friendly push-up competition. She completed 10 push-ups, even with a full leg brace which she has from a previous stroke.

According to the Arizona Honor Flight, DeSanti, served in Vietnam as a nurse and repelled from helicopters to treat injured soldiers on the ground. She left the Army as a lieutentant colonel.

She and 23 other veterans on the Honor Flight Trip, visited various memorials in the nation’s capital, including the Women in Military for American Memorial. There, she was surprised to find an exhibit featuring herself in Vietnam.

The Honor Flight network sponsored trips for America’s veterans to visit Washington D.C. and see memorials dedicated in their honor. In 2018, over 21,000 veterans were able to take this special trip.

If you or a veteran you know is interested in going on an Honor Flight, visit the Honor Flight Network website information on how to sign up.

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