WWII Honor Flight plans questioned
Hi. My name is Arthur Green, I am a World War II veteran. In The Garden City Telegram edition dated March 21, 2009, there was an article about an Honor Flight for WWII veterans to go to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII Memorial at no cost to the veterans.
Those interested contacted Paul Sanford; I was contacted to fill out an application, which I did. I even went to Dodge City American Legion Hall for a presentation about the Honor Flight given by Dan Curtis of Great Bend. The flight was supposed to leave on June 3. On May 2, I took it on myself to have a fundraiser at Garden City. I was in charge of getting the place to have it, Burl Loving was in charge of getting the bands. I think it was a success, we raised a little more than $4,000. All checks were made to the American Legion Honor Flight. I took the cash to the bank and got a certified check. All money was turned to Paul Sanford, who at the time was the Eighth District Commander.
The last of May, I got a letter to pack our bags, that we were leaving on June 3. Then on May 21, I got a letter stating the flight had been canceled. I heard it was rescheduled for Oct. 7-9 or Oct. 28-30, at the time of this writing it is Oct. 28. I have never heard anything.
You know, when I first heard about this flight, I thought it was a dream come true. Now I am beginning to think it was a hoax. Like when you were a kid, you were promised a pony, but the pony never showed up. I think this is the same. I have tried to find out where the money is that we raised, but no firm answer.
I want to apologize to all who gave money to this fundraiser and to all the businesses that donated items for the auction to raise money. If I had known it would turn out like this, I would have never went to all this effort.
In the June American Legion magazine, a captain, Earl Morse, had an article about him starting this Honor Flight. My opinion is, if he could not have carried this idea all the way through, he should have kept it all to himself. It sounded like a great idea.
I know some people are not going to like this article, some will, but I have been asked to write it. But I am sending a copy to the following: Earl Morse, Dan Curtis, Paul Sanford, Mike Waters, The National American Magazine and The Kansas Sunflower Legionnaire.
My belief is if you are going to send one vet from southwest Kansas, why not send us all? They say it is no cost to us vets, which most of us cannot afford to go, Social Security just does not pay that much.
ARTHUR G. GREEN,