Artist hopes contemporary artwork of Huey Helicopter will inspire Vietnam Veterans

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - If you see a Huey Helicopter in St. Louis don't be alarmed. The historic military helicopter has received a makeover and is set to inspire veterans here in town.

This Huey was shot down over enemy territory over Vietnam on February 14, 1969.

It's now a contemporary art sculpture dedicated to Vietnam veterans.  The yearlong Take Me Home Huey Project began last November in Phoenix.

It's meant to be a colorful ambassador to the Vietnam veterans who never received a welcome home.  It's also hoped it will serve as a catalyst for conversation, a tool for healing and awareness for those suffering with post traumatic stress.

The vinyl graphic wrap designed by artist Steve Maloney.

The three veterans who survived the crash, 2 pilots and a door gunner were actually reunited with the aircraft in Phoenix as well as the relatives if the two who died.

The last stop for the Huey will be the New York City Veterans Day on Veterans Day on November 11th.