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Salute to Service Award

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham (Tight End)

The Jimmy Graham Foundation, revolves around giving back to those who have served. The mission statement is to provide life changing and impactful experiences through the freedom of flight. To recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans of all eras and provide flights for unfamiliar and underprivileged youth as an introduction to aviation. Jimmy takes up veterans in his two recent United States Army aircraft restorations; a 1957 de Havilland Beaver and 1967 UH1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter. The Huey served as a part of the 170th Assault Helicopter Company. Both of these aircrafts fought in the Vietnam War and they are the cornerstone of his giving back to our country. One of Jimmy's favorite events this year was working with a local Florida veteran who actually served in the 170th in Vietnam as a Crew Chief. It was an honor for Jimmy to hear Vietnam Veteran Steve Crawford share his stories from the past, and reconnect this Crew Chief with a flight in the Huey that shared the skies during his time with the 170th Assault Helicopter Company. The Jimmy Graham Foundation has also partnered with Luna Cafe in Wisconsin to sell the "Huey Blend" coffee that supports The JG Foundation.