An Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. is being organized by Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, with nine Palo Alto County veterans eligible to participate.
"We organized in August 2009 to take World War II Veterans to Washington D.C. to view their memorials," said Ron Newsom, Chairman. "We had five trips with strictly WWII Veterans. We reconfigured our objective to include Korean War Veterans in December of 2012. There were two Honor Flights in 2013 and another on May 10 of this year. The next trip is scheduled to take place on Sept. 6."
Currently there are nine veterans from Palo Alto County who could be on the September flight if the funds were to be made available from Palo Alto County.
"The Veterans cannot pay for their flight as they have already paid their dues, however we feel that funds from their respective counties should be in order as they fought for the freedom for all of us," said Newsum. "As we get applications from the veterans, we date them and assign a number to them as we fill the plane. It is first come, first served, with preference for WWII Veterans."
New applications for Honor Flights are received on a daily basis. So far over 800 veterans, accompanied by some 300 guardians, from 34 counties and some 107 communities, have participated in Brushy Creek Honor Flights.
Donations to help fund Palo Alto County veterans' trip to Washington, D.C. should be made payable to Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight and sent to 320 South 12th Street, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501.
"A notation should be included as to which county they wish to have that donation accredited to," said Newsom. "All donations are accredited to a veteran from that particular county. We do not send any monies to any state or national organization; they all remain within our Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight fund for our veterans."
Brushy Creek is a 501C3 non profit organization. All donations are recognized by return mail for the donors tax file.