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SOS > Media Center >  Press Releases > Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita flies solider from Camp Atterbury home to be with his family on Thanksgiving Day Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita flies solider from Camp Atterbury home to be with his family on Thanksgiving Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 29, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 24, 2010) – Accepting a flight mission today from the Veterans Airlift Command, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is flying a soldier home from Camp Atterbury to be with his family in Tennessee for Thanksgiving Day.

Aaron Kirschner is a specialist in the United States Army who injured his back during a personnel search at Camp Phoenix – a military base in Afghanistan. Today’s flight home will be the first time Kirschner will see his family in nine months since being deployed to the Middle East.

Makayla Fletcher, a freshman at Martinsville High School and an airman for the Civil Air Patrol joined Rokita in reuniting Kirschner with his family.

"As a young airman, I wanted to be a part of this special reunion between Spc. Kirschner and his family," Fletcher said.

Veterans Airlift Command is a volunteer organization providing free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Veterans Airlift Command is just one of many volunteer flight programs Rokita has been a part of for more than 15 years. Another one of these programs is angel flight – a program that arranges free air transportation for legitimate, charitable, medically related needs.

Makayla Fletcher, Spc. Aaron Kirschner and Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita before taking off Wednesday morning.

 

Army Spc. Aaron Kirschner embraces his mother, Cathy Crone, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 at the Lebanon, TN airport.  Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita flew Kirschner home as part of the volunteer flight organization Veterans Airlift Command. Veterans Airlift Command is just one of many volunteer flight programs Rokita has been a part of for more than 15 years. The group is a volunteer organization providing free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes.

 

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