Lt. Governor Francis Works with Seaborne to Reduce Veterans' Travel Costs PDF Print

For Immediate Release       
No. 010-14

February 20, 2014

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Lt. Governor Francis Works with Seaborne to Reduce Veterans’ Travel Costs

Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis is reminding Virgin Islands veterans that they are eligible for reduced fares when traveling to Puerto Rico for medical purposes. Francis, a military veteran and former director of the Office of Veterans Affairs, has worked with Seaborne airline executives to enable veterans to receive discounted fares when traveling to the VA Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico for treatment.  Active members of the American Legion are also eligible for the discounted rates, which is $70 one way.

Francis is committed to exploring ways to assist the veteran community.  “Many of our veterans travel to the VA hospital in Puerto Rico for medical appointments.  This cost has proven burdensome to many throughout the veteran community,” he stated.  “The service, sacrifices and challenges of our veteran’s community remain relevant beyond the annual Veterans Day commemoration.  As a community, it is imperative that we do all that we can to honor the service of our fellow Virgin Islanders and seek meaningful ways to provide support.”

According to Francis, veterans and Legionnaires will have to present identification and proof of their appointment with the Veterans Administration to receive the special rates.  Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis commends Gary Foss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaborne Airlines for his commitment to support local veterans by providing the discounted fares. 

For more information about the discounted fares, veterans and members of the American Legion are encouraged to contact Seaborne Airlines at (340)773-6442.

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