Someone 2 Know; Jon Yuspa
This week's Someone 2 Know is being honored by the American Red Cross in their Everyday Heroes program.
This week's Someone 2 Know is being honored by the American Red Cross in their Everyday Heroes program. The non-profit encourages the public to nominate individuals, groups or companies who are making a difference in northern Nevada.
Once a month, 2 News is profiling one of these nominees as a Someone 2 Know.
For August 2109, it's John Yuspa, founder of Honor Flight Nevada and winner of the Military Service Award.
Honor Flight offers veterans a hero's journey to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C. - and a hero's welcome when they return; "They've paid with their service and their sacrifice,” explains Yuspa.
The Nevada chapter of Honor Flight became a reality eight years ago thanks to founder Jon Yuspa.
"My passion, I guess, was just to volunteer in Nevada."
Growing up in a family of veterans and first responders, Jon always had a heart for the men and women of the military. And then about 12 years ago he learned about Honor Flight. "I worked in Baltimore airport, so all the flights were coming in there - and it was scratch your head and what is going on and how can we help?"
And soon after Yuspa founded Honor Flight in the Silver State; now, every part of his home bears witness to the labor of love and mind numbing attention to detail.
"This was the Native American Honor Flight,” Yuspa says showing us a logo placed on the sleeve of a t-shirt.
From a trip devoted exclusively to Native American veterans, to a special group of aging Marines, it's been years of cross-country flights, fundraisers, physical - and exhausting mental work - and through it all Jon remains grateful.
"To be able to be kinda there on the ground floor was a blessing to see average people coming together to create something wonderful."
Jon was also instrumental in creating something else wonderful; for those who've lost a loved one in war - the new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument - in front of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks;
"You start getting around all these great, wonderful, positive people - how could you not do more and more."