Two war veterans will be awarded scholarships at tomorrow’s Wings, Wheels and Warriors Airshow to honor their service in the military and help them achieve their goals.
Eli Tice, a marine, who fought in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was injured when an IED went off near his vehicle. He was at the airport the day before the big show to take ride in the ‘glamorous gal,’ a WWll warcraft, also known as the P-51D Mustang.
Matthew Davis served in the army and wanted to fly, but his plans changed after he suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Rwanda. He was medically disqualified for flight school. Still, Davis completed his tour, joining the Infantry where he jumped out of planes, but did not fly them. Now, 20 years later Davis said he is “getting that opportunity now” because of the flight scholarship.
Both want to be pilots and now because of a Wounded Warriors Aviation scholarship program both Tice and Davis will receive "vocational training in the aviation industry" to become pilots, according to Robert Hanley, who is with the Wounded Warriors Aviation Association.
Hanley said flying provides a whole new way to rehabilitate our veterans while also being a lot of fun.