Casino owner sponsors Veteran Honor Flight

By Michelle Costanza

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 11:58 PM EDT

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A flight of honor will take off from Binghamton Airport on April 12, thanks to one man's generosity.

Jeff Gural, the owner of Tioga Downs Casino, is sponsoring an Honor Flight trip for veterans to visit Washington D.C.

"I never served, but we have great respect for these veterans, and I can afford it," said Gural of picking up the cost of the trip.

The free trip will give 78 World War II, Korean War and terminally ill veterans the opportunity to travel to the capital and Arlington to visit the War Memorials, each accompanied by a family member.

Gural said it's important for the veterans to visit the Memorials while they still can.

"I thought immediately this was a great idea. Let these guys see what--see it, you know, before father time takes it's toll," said Gural.

Gural says if the trip goes well, he is considering sponsoring more Honor Flights in the future, so that more vets will have the opportunity.

Working with the Honor Flight Hubs and the Binghamton Regional Airport, Gural noted that the trip will be the first of it's kind in the Twin Tiers.

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