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Donations Accepted For Honor Flight

By Staff | Feb 2, 2016

HONOR FLIGHT FUNDRAISER -- VFW Post #2295 gave away a CZ 12 gauge shotgun last year as a fundraiser for veterans going on Honor Flights. Iowa Trust &?Savings BAnk was winner of the shotgun. Kyle Auten, Vice President at Iowa Trust (right), is pictured returning the gun to VFW Commander Terry Chamberlain to be used as a fundraiser again this year. --Jane Whitmore photo

Veterans eligible to take an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., will be going in May. There will be 15 Palo Alto County veterans on that flight: eight people who are Korea and Worl War II veterans and seven veterans from the Vietnam era.

“We have some funds available for these veterans to make the flight, but we need a total of $6,000 for these veterans to go in May,” said Terry Chamberlain, Commander of VFW Post #2295, Emmetsburg.

Chamberlain said donations are needed before Friday, Feb. 5, to ensure that all 15 veterans can make the flight.

“We are asking the people of Palo Alto County to get involved and make donations to the Honor Flight fund,” said Chamberlain. “We need to raise $1,200 this week.”

Donations

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 in Emmetsburg.

Cost for each veteran on the Honor Flight is $600.

“The veterans cannot pay for their flight as they have already paid their dues,” said Ron Newsome, Chairman of Brushy reek Area ?Honor Flight. “We feel that funds from veterans’ respective counties should be in order as they fought for freedom for all of us.”

Donations cal also be sent to Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, with a notion on the check that these funds are to assist Palo Alto County Veterans.

Send the check to Brushy Breek Honor Flight, 320 South 12th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Honor Flight

The 15 veterans from Palo Alto County come from Emmetsburg, Ayrshire, Mallard, Ruthven and West Bend.

“Instead of guardians going to lend assistance for older veterans, younger veterans will be team leaders to assist World War II and Korea veterans,” explained Chamberlain. “This way, more veterans can go on an Honor Flight.”

He stated there will be another Honor Flight in September.

“We anticipate there will be as many going in September as we have going in May,” said Chamberlain. “Fund raising will be ongoing to support veterans going on Freedom Flights.”

VFW Post #2295 has several fund raising options. Tickets will be sold for:

CZ 12 gauge shotgun, from Mallard Sporting Goods, Al Woodford owner.

49-inch Color TV, from Young’s Custom Computer in Emmetsburg.

Queen size quilt, donated by members of the Auxiliary to VFW Post #2295.

Chances to win are available at the VFW during the weekly Friday night fish fry events and also from VFW members.

Winners of these items will be announced after the March 25 drawing.