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Group flying wounded Fort Bragg soldier to wedding

Posted August 17, 2010

— A nonprofit group of volunteer pilots are flying a wounded North Carolina-based major to her niece’s wedding in Oklahoma.

Maj. Yvonne Heib left Fayetteville’s Regional Airport on Tuesday to fly to Enid, Okla. Heib said it will be the first time she has seen her family since she was wounded in Afghanistan in January.

"I'm just looking forward to being with my family," Heib said.

Heib is a nurse who was wounded in a mortar attack two days before her yearlong deployment was to end.

"The mortar landed six feet away from me," she said.

Heib has had five surgeries since the attack. She said her days of working as a nurse are likely done.

"I have limitations in my arm. I can't twist it. My leg, I have permanent nerve damage," she said.

Maj. Yvonne Heib Group flies wounded soldier to wedding

Heib said she will also be in town to see her brother celebrate his 50th birthday.

Veterans Airlift Command flies wounded service members, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families to and from hospitals and events.

Pilot Andre Bohy, who also is president of New York-based Omni Financial, flew Heib to the wedding.

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  • rplain Aug 17, 2010

    God Bless our troops and thank you from the bottom of many of our hearts for doing this, Veterans Airlift Command!

  • Vietnam Vet Aug 17, 2010

    Fandamtastic!! What an awesome thing to do! Kudos to the whole Veterans Airlift Command organization! Keep up the wonderful work!

  • kristy3 Aug 17, 2010

    Awesome! :)

  • just my2cents Aug 17, 2010

    What an awesome gesture! I am so glad she will get to be with family, she deserves that and more.

  • bronzegoddess40 Aug 17, 2010

    I got off topic responding to someone but this is a wonderful group and wonderful thing they are doing. :-)

  • bronzegoddess40 Aug 17, 2010

    I thought Obama was getting us out of the middle east. Obama lied, now our troops are left to die.
    Mugu

    Bush should have never had us in the middle east in the first place. Then no one would have had to die.

  • Adelinthe Aug 17, 2010

    Mugu - "I thought Obama was getting us out of the middle east. Obama lied, now our troops are left to die."

    Wrong blog!!!

    This is a blog about people helping another person, not one to spout personal agendas.

    If you have a personal agenda to share, you might want to open a new blog to do that.

    God bless.

    RB

  • DangYankee Aug 17, 2010

    What a nice story! Kudos to this non-profit group. Too bad this sort of thing had to be done by citizens instead of the government.

  • BEACH Aug 17, 2010

    what a wonderful group to help these soldiers see their families.

  • Mugu Aug 17, 2010

    I thought Obama was getting us out of the middle east. Obama lied, now our troops are left to die.

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