Ageless Aviation makes dream flights a reality for veterans

September 2, 2013 (CHICAGO)

World War II Veteran Tom Nelson took the first flight with Ageless Aviation's Dreams Flights Tours, a non-profit organization that honors U.S. military veterans living in long-term care communities.

"It was so exciting. I was just looking all over the place. It was great," Nelson said.

Ageless Aviation taken more than 200 vets from all over the country on free flights.

"Our mission is to give back to those who have given," Paul Bodenhamer, Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, said.

This day was arranged by a caregiver from Covenant Village in Northbrook.

"It just means so much to me, what they've sacrificed," Rita Aitken, Covenant Village of Northbrook, said.

With their loved ones watching, the veterans took flight one-by-one for a trip they say they'll never forget. What's the best part?

"I suppose the freedom, the floating in the air, looking down and checking out all of the swimming pools and homes near the lake, going out over the lake a little bit, a very pleasant flight," Carl Rose, Korean War veteran, said.

Learn more about the not-for-profit Dreams Foundation at

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