I am very familiar with the Honor Flight people. They are a tremendous group, and if anyone is looking for a patriotic holiday gift, I would bring the Honor Flight Network to people's attention.
Several summers ago I was at the WWII Memorial when Bob Dole was present, as he often is. I saw a group of Honor Flight people and chatted with them for a few moments, alerting them that former Sen. Dole (R-Kan.) was present and walking them over to say hello. The scene that followed looked like Mick Jagger at a Rolling Stones concert.
I thank Cheri for her wonderful post, and wish her Uncle Bud and all the vets well!