"Little children would walk up to them and say 'thank you for serving my country,'" said Paula Kelley, director of AFEV. Kelly was with hundreds of people gathered for the "heroes' welcome." People stood in a row and thanked all the veterans as they arrived at Florida's Pensacola Regional Airport.
The Red Hatters are a group of women age 50 and above who bond, do projects to raise money for AFEV or just go out for dinner and companionship.
"The direction (for the AFEV) is always forward; continued growth and modernization," the Chief said.