There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially for America’s military service members, whose time off is never guaranteed. Veteran Ernie Stewart knows this first-hand. The first holiday season that Stewart was in the Air Force, his father sprung for a $600 plane ticket home after he received last-minute leave. Fast-forward to 2002, and Stewart decided to pay it forward by soliciting donations from friends and family to purchase airfare for a few soldiers to see their families over the holidays. The response was overwhelming. In just a few weeks, Stewart had raised more than $13,000, enough to fly 28 soldiers home. This year, Stewart’s organization, Let’s Bring ’Em Home, has already booked 122 flights for service members stationed around the world after receiving more than $80,000 in donations and half a million frequent flyer miles, making the holidays happier for our men and women in uniform.
More than 120 service members will spend Christmas with their families thanks to this charity.
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