WV Vietnam veteran receives dream

Published: Aug. 11, 2017 at 8:57 PM EDT
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If you saw a military helicopter flying over Morgantown Friday you saw Billy Kinsley

Billy is a 69-year-old West Virginia Vietnam army veteran. He worked as an aircraft mechanic primarily on Huey helicopters. Billy currently has terminal lung cancer and had one last request to ride in a Huey with his four kids and reminisce about his time in the army. With the help of The Dream Foundation and Amedisys Hospice they made his dream a reality.

"This is our first dream here in our region, specifically for our care center in Morgantown. So we are extremely thrilled that we were able to make Billy's dream a reality," said Heidi Chickerell, volunteer coordinator at Amedisys Hospice.

With all the excitement Billy was thrilled to get up in the air

"Glad to see everyone here. It's one of my ambitions in life to get another flight on one. I wanted to get around to the fairs and stuff but I didn't have a Huey. It's a Huey that makes a flight viable," said Kinsley.

Even though Billy no longer serves, the Huey never left his heart.