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Honor Flight may resume

Korean War veterans to be honored passengers

December 22, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight may take off again to transport Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C.

The committee that organized five such flights for World War II veterans in 2010 and 2011 is now trying to raise the $100,000 needed to pay for the voyage.

''We'd like to attempt to have a Korean War veterans Honor Flight,'' said Ron Newsum, the Fort Dodge man who is the chairman of the committee.

He said World War II veterans who didn't go on any of the previous local Honor Flights will also be eligible for the trip.

A date for the trip hasn't been set. Newsum said the date will be announced when the committee is certain it has enough money to pay for the flight.

Veterans from area counties hoping to go on the flight must submit an application after Jan. 1. The applications can be obtained by visiting local veterans affairs offices or by calling 576-0671.

Fact Box

How to help

Donations for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight can be sent to:

Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight

320 S. 12th St.

Fort Dodge, IA 50501

All donations are tax-deductible.

Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight Committee

Ron Newsum, chairman

Lee Bailey

Craig Malloy

Crystal McGaughy

Russ Naden

Mel Schroeder

Charlie Walker

Marlene Welander

The veterans will not have to pay for the trip.

Like the previous local Honor Flights, the proposed trip will start early in the morning at Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The planeload of veterans and their escorts, called guardians, will travel to Dulles International Airport in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. There, the veterans will board buses that will take them into the nation's capital to see the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. The trip will also feature a visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Veterans will then visit the Iwo Jima Memorial before boarding the buses for the return trip to Dulles International Airport. They will fly back to Fort Dodge that night.

Donations of any amount will be welcomed, but Newsum said the committee will encourage donors to give $600 if possible. He said $600 is the cost of sending one veteran on the flight.

For the Honor Flight, former service members will be considered Korean War veterans if they had at least one day of active duty between June 1, 1950 and Jan. 31, 1955.

Each veteran will be escorted by a guardian. People who volunteer to serve as guardians on the trip will have to pay $600 for their flight. Applications to serve as guardians are also available at area veterans affairs offices.



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