Respiratory Therapist Makes 7th Big Sky Honor Flight - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

Respiratory Therapist Makes 7th Big Sky Honor Flight

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Along with the 84 veterans on board the Big Sky Honor Flight, their escorts, committee members and volunteers, there are the medics. Nurses, a doctor and a respiratory therapist are there to help the veterans if they need it. For the respiratory therapist this was her 7th flight. For respiratory therapist Carrie Moffet the trip is routine now. She says, "There's only 5 guys with oxygen on this flight, last time we had 11" And she's learned over the past seven flights what works and what doesn't. "To label everything in site because they all look the same when we get off the plane and we have a pile of machines," says Carrie.

While on the plane they have to switch to portable oxygen machines. Carrie says, "The tanks are not allowed on the plane" She's one of the busiest volunteers on the honor flight, periodically checking oxygen levels and giving the veterans oxygen when they need it. "These guys wear oxygen at night but since they're sleeping and resting we're just going to give them some," she says.

Carrie says she keeps going on the flights because they keep asking, "The first time I went I had it was just amazing I couldn't even talk about it for two days."

For the veterans they say she's marvelous and is one of the reasons why they can make the trip.

Veteran Charlie Schweiger says, "There's no way I could do this on my own, no way."

The 8th big sky honor flight is expected to occur in April. Organizers say they have about $50,000 raised for that flight but will need another $100,000 to make it happen.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Ron Parker, 9/11 first responder, talks about his experience

    Ron Parker, 9/11 first responder, talks about his experience

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:41 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:41:49 GMT
    Sixteen years ago, the World Trade Center was attacked on September eleventh. Saturday, Ron Parker, a first responder in New York city at the time of the attack, will speak at the Angel Horse Fundraiser. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ron Parker said he only grew up 7 miles from the World Trade Center, affectionately called the twin towers.  "I was there from September 11th, that morning, until January 6th 2002.," Parker said."I lost 45 of my friends there. My day...
    Sixteen years ago, the World Trade Center was attacked on September eleventh. Saturday, Ron Parker, a first responder in New York city at the time of the attack, will speak at the Angel Horse Fundraiser. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ron Parker said he only grew up 7 miles from the World Trade Center, affectionately called the twin towers.  "I was there from September 11th, that morning, until January 6th 2002.," Parker said."I lost 45 of my friends there. My day...
  • Person responsible for flag found in dumpster remains unknown

    Person responsible for flag found in dumpster remains unknown

    Friday, September 22 2017 10:27 PM EDT2017-09-23 02:27:02 GMT

    The Billings Army Reserve tells us they are unable to determine who is responsible for throwing an American flag in their dumpster because there are more people who have access to those dumpsters than just their employees.

    The Billings Army Reserve tells us they are unable to determine who is responsible for throwing an American flag in their dumpster because there are more people who have access to those dumpsters than just their employees.

  • United Way operation supply

    United Way operation supply

    Friday, September 22 2017 3:12 PM EDT2017-09-22 19:12:07 GMT
    Today marked the fifth year of United way's operation supply.   After organizing loads of boxes full of school supplies and hygiene products, United Way partnered with several volunteers and the army reserve to  deliver twelve truckloads to elementary, middle and high school's in the city. Starting in late July, United Way already start packing and separating various products for delivery. Operation Supply is an annual event which several businesses and individu...
    Today marked the fifth year of United way's operation supply.   After organizing loads of boxes full of school supplies and hygiene products, United Way partnered with several volunteers and the army reserve to  deliver twelve truckloads to elementary, middle and high school's in the city. Starting in late July, United Way already start packing and separating various products for delivery. Operation Supply is an annual event which several businesses and individu...