Members of the Florida congressional delegation are calling on the Biden administration “to guarantee that Honor Flights are able to bring the nation’s veterans from across the country to see their monuments in Washington, D.C.”
More than a dozen members of the Florida delegation sent a letter to U.S. Interior Sec. Deb Haaland on the matter.
“The Department of the Interior has failed to authorize the U.S. Park Police to provide escort services for Honor Flight Hubs,” noted U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s, R-Fla., office which called on Haaland “to reverse this egregious failure and ensure that Honor Flights aren’t stuck in red tape.”
“These monuments belong to those who served. Either the Biden Administration has forgotten about these men and women, or they are actively keeping them at arm’s length. Neither is acceptable,” said Mast. “Secretary Haaland must immediately authorize the Park Police to provide these escorts to make sure our veterans get to see their monuments.”
“Honor Flight organizations across the country, including those in Florida, contract with and pay the Park Police for escorts during their trips. This ensures that veterans, particularly the elderly and disabled, are able to easily able to visit the war memorials and monuments and their transportation is able to navigate throughout Washington, D.C.,” Mast’s office noted. “While the mandates instituted because of the COVID-19 pandemic hindered the operations of many Honor Flight organizations over the past two years, flights are scheduled to resume this spring, meaning this issue must be resolved as soon as possible.”
Besides Mast, U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Kat Cammack, R-Fla., Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Neal Dunn, R-Fla., Scott Franklin, R-Fla., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., Al Lawson, D-Fla., Bill Posey, R-Fla., John Rutherford, R-Fla., Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., Greg Steube, R-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla.
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