Foxwood Springs World War II Veteran To Visit Washington D.C.

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Foxwood Springs World War II Veteran To Visit Washington D.C. Brookdale senior living resident chosen to participate in Kansas Honor Flight

RAYMORE, Mo., May 21, 2014 – A 95-year-old World War II veteran who calls Foxwood Springs home has been chosen to participate in the Honor Flight Network as recognition for his service to the country. Hugh Palmer will be flying to Washington D.C. on May 27, 2014 to visit the war memorials built in honor of American veterans.

Hugh has been a resident of Foxwood Springs, a Brookdale senior living community, for 25 years since moving there with his wife, Lois, in 1989. He enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 19 and served from 1941 to 1945 as a B-29 flight engineer instructor. Although he did not serve overseas, he trained many of his comrades who were assigned to B-29 flights during WWII.

“This is a real honor and I’m very excited,” said Hugh about going on the trip. “What a great reward. I’m looking forward to seeing in person the monuments and memorials that I’ve only seen in pictures. I’m also looking forward to seeing other vets and swapping stories.”

After the war, he attended Aerotech School in California on the G.I. Bill. His training in the Air Force led to a career in the airline industry and allowed him to travel the world. He was employed by Eastern Airlines and Curtis Wright, a manufacturer of the turbo compound engine, and later retired from Trans World Airlines.

Hugh says he has had brushes with fame. He jokes that he once gave advice to a U.S. President. While working in the sporting goods department of a Sears store during school, Hugh was asked by Ronald Reagan for advice about a fishing lure. He also was chosen to be in a one hour advertising film for a new airplane with Arthur Godfrey. “The Lockheed Super Constellation” played in theatres on the East Coast. He also shook hands with King Hussein of Jordon during a TWA flight while serving as a member of the cockpit crew on a flight to London.

Currently, Hugh volunteers at a local food pantry and works at the Foxwood Springs thrift store and furniture garage every Saturday. He also enjoys playing golf and bridge with his friends. He is one of eleven children and two of his sisters also live at Foxwood Springs and a brother in Louisiana participated in the Honor Flight Network several years ago.

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Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Currently Brookdale operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, nearly 650 communities in 36 states and the ability to serve approximately 67,000 residents. Through its ancillary services programs, the Company also offers a range of outpatient therapy, home health, personalized living and hospice services.

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