Honor Flight of the Ozarks gearing up for 3 trips in 2020

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Salute accepting applications from vets, guardians

Applications are now being accepted for three Honor Flight of the Ozarks trips, salutes to military veterans offering trips to see national monuments in Washington, D.C., in 2020.

Honor Flight of the Ozarks has announced plans to make trips on May 13, Aug. 25 and Oct. 28. According to Mike Totten, flight coordinator, each flight will have room for 80 veterans, flying free of cost, including terminally ill veterans from any war. Each veteran will be accompanied by a guardian. There will also be 21 staff members on the trip.

By the end of 2018, Honor Flight of the Ozarks, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit based in Springfield, had provided a trip for more than 2,000 veterans. Nationwide hubs for the service had sent more than 223,000 veterans to Washington, D.C., since the program began in 2005. The first area Honor Flight was held in 2009, transporting 76 southwest Missouri veterans from Springfield.

High priority candidates for the program are veterans from World War II, Korean and Vietnam.

Tax deductible donations are being accepted to cover expenses for the veterans, including airfare, tour bus service, meals and T-shirts. Guardians pay their own way.

Information and registration details are available by calling the local office at 417-268-9052. Registration forms are available online at www.honorflightoftheozarks.org.

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