June 21, 2014: Betty Perkins, USN-WAVES (1944-1946)
May Meeting (2014): Kathy Mansur, volunteer veterans’ coordinator for Southern Arizona Honor Flights for WWII Veterans, was the guest speaker at the May 19th general meeting of The Women of Quail Creek at 6:30 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom.
Honor Flights fly WWII veterans on chartered flights to Washington D.C. for three day expense paid visits during which they get a chance to see the WWII memorial which was erected in 2004 to pay tribute to all those who served in the armed forces in that war. As many of the veterans are over 90 and have special needs, guardians — either chosen family members or helpers– accompany them on the trip at their own expense.
When Kathy’s husband, Thom Mansur, retired and looked for a cause, the program immediately appealed to them both, especially since their fathers had served in the war. Thom was quoted as saying, “I thought it would be 10 to 12 hours a week. It’s 10 to 12 hours a day and every bit as fulfilling as work”.
Also as part of the presentation in May, WWII veteran, Helen Anderson Glass who worked in Aviation mechanics, shared her touching and inspirational story to members in the audience.
Over the years, she has written more than 100 poems about her life and experiences in the military, and as a veteran. Two of her poems can be viewed here: Helen’s Poems.
TWOQC voted in January to contribute $1,000 to send a veteran on an Honor Flight. The check was presented to Kathy Mansur and Helen Anderson Glass for the chosen veteran, Betty Mae Perkins, who will be on a June flight.
Members and Quail Creek residents were encouraged to write a “Dear Veteran” letter thanking individual veterans for their service to the country. TWOQC received 122 letters for the veterans going on the May flights, and continue to encourage residents and members to write letters for the June flights.