Shutdown Jeopardizes Veteran Trip

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(Memphis) A group of 27 elderly veterans could have their trip to Washington D.C. canceled after the government shutdown.

The trip, organized by non-profit group Forever Young, is set to begin October 11.

However, with the government shutdown causing national parks to be closed, the trip might not happen.

“This is not just a vacation fun trip. This really is a trip of healing for these elderly warriors,” said Forever Young founder Diane Hight.

“They are from all over America. They’ve never been to the WWII memorial and they’re not ever going back. Thousands of dollars are raised to get them there and it just broke my heart,” added Hight.

Hight said many in the group are more than 90 years old and that this will be their last chance to visit memorials in Washington DC.

WWII veteran Dr. Norman Stringer is still hoping the trip will happen.

“We hope we get up there and don’t have to push the barriers to the side to get in,” said Stringer.

The trip cost $75,000, which could be lost if the trip is canceled.

Eighty-seven-year-old Stringer said he has a message for politicians in Washington.

“I’d probably kick them all out; they can’t make up their minds. They need to get on the ball and get this thing settled,” said Stringer.