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Nebraska veteran, only woman listed on May honor flight, ready for DC visit

Cheryl Feala. (KPTM)

NORTH BEND, Neb. (KPTM) - In just a couple of weeks, hundreds of Vietnam veterans from Nebraska will be taking part in a special flight. They will be heading to our nation's capital to see monuments and memorials paying tribute to them. It's called the honor flight and one of the veterans on the passenger list is a woman (the only woman on the list) who saved a lot of lives during the war.

"A lot of the soldiers that were over there were younger than me. They were between the ages of 19 and 22," said Cheryl Feala, a Vietnam veteran. "You just felt like someone needed to be there to take care of them."

Feala shared a photo album with FOX 42 News Monday. The pictures inside detailed her experiences in Vietnam.

"The beds were cots. We would have helmets and flak jackets that went underneath the cots when we would sleep at night."

On May 1, Feala will fly to Washington with more than 600 other Nebraska veterans. It's a flight made possible by the nonprofit group Patriotic Productions.

"What I'm looking for is to be in the company of veterans who have shared the same experiences."

In North Bend, there were some military veterans killed in the line of duty during Vietnam. It's Feala's hope she can see their names on a memorial wall in D.C.

"I want to offer a little bit of respect and appreciation for what they did."

Feala expects this trip to Washington to be special. It's the last flight and one final mission for Nebraska veterans.

FOX 42 News will be on that honor flight. Be sure to tune in May 1 for our special report in Washington, D.C. Since these flights started almost 10 years ago, more than 3,000 veterans from Nebraska have visited monuments and memorials in our nation's capital.

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