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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Kansas veterans to visit Washington D.C.

  •      Honor Flight was established as a way to get veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that the country dedicated in their honor. Across the country there are 117 hubs where veterans can sign up to travel to D.C. through the Honor Flight program.


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  •      Honor Flight was established as a way to get veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that the country dedicated in their honor. Across the country there are 117 hubs where veterans can sign up to travel to D.C. through the Honor Flight program.
         The inaugural Kansas Honor Flight will take place on July 31. Twenty-eight veterans, and their guardians, who are there to ensure safe travel, will spend three days in Washington D.C. where they will see the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall as well as museums, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
         Currently, priority is given to veterans who fought in World War II, then the Korean War, and Vietnam War.   
        "We want to get as many of these vets to D.C. as we can, before it's too late," said VanCampen. "It's not unusual for us to call someone and for them to no longer be living, or are no longer healthy enough to make such a long trip."
         To be considered for the program, a vet just needs to fill out an application on the programs website; www.kansashonorflight.org or contact VanCampen at (620) 546-2400. There is no cost to veterans to make the trip, but their guardians must pay for themselves.
         The honor flight program is entirely donation based. Once they have enough funds to send 28 vets, they make flight arrangements and start calling applicants.
        "All our funds come from grateful people in the public who just want to thank the people who have done so much for us and this country," said VanCampen.
         Another Kansas Honor Flight is tentatively scheduled to take place in Sept., as long as there are enough funds available. Donations may be made at www.kansashonorflight.org.
         For further information about Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. or the upcoming trip please contact Mike VanCampen at mvancamp@sctelcom.net or (620) 546-2400. Tax deductible contributions may be sent to Kansas Honor Flights, P.O. Box 2371, Hutchinson, KS 67504
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com

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