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Realtors Association Honors Local Pilots

Three members of the Veterans Airlift Command Anacortes Team – from left, Tim Lewis, Kevin Ware and Dick Iversen, accept the Citizen of the Year Award from the Washington Association of Realtors. Team members Jeff Hendricks and Mike Freeman were unable to attend the ceremony.

The Veterans Airlift Command Anacortes Team, nominated by the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors®, was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by the Washington Association of Realtors® on April 15, 2015, at the Washington Realtor® Awards ceremony in Vancouver, Washington.

The Veterans Airlift Command Team is an organization of volunteers who provide air transportation for medical and compassionate purposes to wounded warriors, veterans, and their families through a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. The Anacortes team, which is composed of Jeff Hendricks, Richard Iversen, Mike Freeman, Kevin Ware and Tim Lewis, flies out of Skagit Regional Airport, Burlington. 

In order to achieve the Citizen of the Year Award with Washington Realtors, the recipient(s) must have a substantial contribution of service to the public, i.e., as a public official, educator, business professional, philanthropist, etc. 

One of the recipients, Jeff Hendricks, received the 2014 Endeavor Award for having flown the most mission miles for Veterans Airlift Command in 2013, logging more than 67,000 miles in 24 flights.  Another recipient, Dick Iversen, is quoted on the Veterans Airlift Command website, in part “I have had the privilege to speak with and get to know over 100 wounded American soldiers in 2013 and they all say essentially the same thing when asked why the serve: ‘We sacrifice not because we have to, we bleed not because we want to, we fight because we need to and sometimes we die because we love this country.’”

For more information on the Veterans Airlift Command, visit

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