Organization Helps Kansas City Military Come Home For The Holidays

Dec 19, 2013

Vicki Sanders waiting for arrival of husband, Army Corporal Robert Sanders at KCI airport in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

People from the Kansas City area serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines have started arriving home for the holidays. The services don’t cover a trip like that, but lower-paid service men and women can put in for a ticket home from a group called Operation Homefront.

Corporal Robert Sanders landed at KCI Wednesday afternoon, met by his wife, and two young sons. Sanders and his wife Vicki Sanders both graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School.

Vicki and their two sons live in Mission, Kan. while Sanders is stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, in Virginia.

Many people travel to be with families on the holidays, but for deployed military personnel at lower pay grades, the trip can be hard, if not impossible. Corporal Robert Sanders got back to his wife and young sons Wednesday after getting help to pay for the airfare.

"I would have drove my old Buick home. It would have taken a few days. No way would I afforded a ticket," Sanders says.

Operation Homefront provided airfare home for Sanders, and seven other Kansas City area service personnel.