Funding sought for Honor Flights

Two more trips to Washington, D.C. have been scheduled by Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. However, donations from the public are needed to sponsor veterans from Hamilton County.

Russ Naden, Hamilton County board member, said to date, Hamilton County has sent 13 Korean veterans and two World War II vets on the last two flights. There are about 13 more Korean veterans signed up for future flights, he said.

About $7,200 has been raised from Hamilton County donations. Naden said the cost to send veterans on future flights is $600 per veteran.

“That means we still need about another $8,000. We are still taking applications and hope to continue the flights as long as we can serve more veterans,” he said.

All contributions go directly to Brushy Creek Honor Flight. The flight departs from Fort Dodge Regional Airport and each flight can host up to 105 veterans. All World War II and Korean veterans fly free, Naden said. A guardian is assigned to all vets and the guardians pay their own way – $600.

A number of county businesses have sponsored one or more veterans along and private donations have been received as well.

“Since we do not have any large corporate sponsors, we appreciate any and all donations,” Naden said. The Brushy Creek Honor Flight is a 501(c)3 charity and all contributions are tax deductible.

The next two flights mark the eighth and ninth trips out of Fort Dodge, counting the five World War II flights taken from 2010 to 2011, Naden said.

Donations may be sent to Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, 320 S. 12th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.