Eight Veterans from Palo Alto County are eligible to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. ... if funds are available.
"We have some funds, but we need to raise another $3,600 so that these Veterans can make the trip," said Terry Chamberlain, Commander of VFW Post #2295.
"The people of Palo Alto County need to get involved and make donations by July 1," he continued. "Our Veterans deserve the chance to get out to D.C."
Donations can be made at Iowa Trust &?Savings Bank in Emmetsburg where an Honor Flight account has been established.
Donations can also be sent to VFW Post #2295, 3205 Main Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536. Or, send a donation to Commander Terry Chamberlain at 1903 Lawler, Emmetsburg.
Another option to help fund Palo Alto County Veterans' trip to Washington, D.C., is to send a check payable to Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight to 320 South 12th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. A notation should be made on the check that these funds are to assist Palo Alto County Veterans.
Cost for each Veteran on the Honor Flight is $600. Guardians who travel with Veterans must pay their own way.
Veterans eligible for the September Honor Flight include two from Cylinder, two from West Bend and four Veterans from Emmetsburg. Another Veteran from Palo Alto County is on a waiting list.
As applications arrive for the Honor Flight, the Veteran's name is dated and assigned a number. The plane is filled on a first come, fist served basis.
Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight was organized in August 2009 to take World War II Veterans to Washington, D.C. to view their memorials. Five trips were made for strictly World War II Veterans. In 2012, the Veterans of the Korean War were made eligible to participate. The next flight is Sept. 6.
"The Veterans cannot pay for their flight as they have already paid their dues," said Ron Newsome, Chairman of Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. "We feel that funds from the Veterans' respective counties should be in order as they fought for freedom for all or us."