Last Honor Flight of summer leaves soon

6/25/2014

By Rick Plumlee

By Rick Plumlee

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) — The last Honor Flight of the summer is scheduled to leave Wichita on Wednesday morning to take war veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C.

Flights will resume with two in September and three in October. Flights aren't held in July and August because the heat is hard on the aging veterans, said Mike VanCampen, president of Kansas Honor Flight, the Hutchinson-based nonprofit that organizes the trips.

Twenty-two veterans — 16 Korean War, six World War II vets — will depart Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport at 10:50 a.m. and return at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Another seven Korean veterans will fly out of Kansas City as part of the same trip, VanCampen said.

Kansas Honor Flight has conducted six trips this year. Dates for September's two trips are 11-13 and 17-19. Dates haven't been set for the October flights, VanCampen said.

While more Korean War vets are making the trips, Kansas Honor Flight is still receiving applications from WWII vets, he added.

There's no charge for the veteran. But the vet must be accompanied by another person, who will be charged $700.

To apply for a flight, call 620-546-2400 or go to the group's website at kansashonorflight.org.

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