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  • Age
    58
  • Occupation
    Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Company
    J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Location
    Columbus, Ohio

Ruth Parise’s father was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, though he never spoke about his experiences fighting in the Army. Only after his death in 1999 did she learn that he participated in D-day. “He put his life on the line, but he never talked about it, and a lot of these vets don’t talk about it,” says Parise (pictured above, left, with veteran Jerry Ford). In 2008 she started volunteering with Honor Flight Columbus [Ohio], which shuttles WWII and Korean War vets, as well as terminally ill veterans of any era, to Washington, D.C., for a day of sightseeing and touring memorials. Parise has accompanied veterans on more than 20 flights, all at her own expense. They get to feel remembered, she says, and “I get a dad for a day.”

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