Chapter 343 President Takes Honor Flight

Stephen Brady in 1972.

Stephen Brady, president of Vietnam Veterans of America San Jacinto (Texas) Chapter 343, was one of 31 Vietnam veterans to fly to Washington, D.C., in October as part of Honor Flight Houston’s first all-Vietnam veteran Honor Flight. Honor Flight Houston is a nonprofit organization that transports area veterans to memorials in the nation’s capital to honor their service and sacrifice.

Brady served in the U.S. Air Force  from 1970–77 and flew airborne radio direction finding (ARDF) missions during the Vietnam War. He dedicated the flight to his best friend, Joseph ‘Kiwi’ A. Matejov, a sergeant in USAF’s Security Service and one of eight crewmen aboard a plane that was shot down on Feb. 5, 1973.

The veterans were greeted by patriot guards for a visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall, and later viewed the National Archives’ “Remembering Vietnam” exhibit. Honor Flight Houston plans flights for veterans on an ongoing basis, and processes all applications on a first come, first served basis.

“I am honored to have been selected for Honor Flight Houston’s first all-Vietnam veteran Honor Flight,” Brady told the Houston Chronicle. “This is an honor I never dreamed of, and if I had known it was going to happen, I would have put it on my bucket list.”

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