Veterans get boost to see monuments
Oklahoma is an official state hub of Honor Flight Network, Inc., a national nonprofit organization, the governor announced Monday. The organization raises money to organize and finance trips to the nation’s capital at no cost to the veteran.
The hub designation, Oklahoma Honor Flights, allows the state chapter to raise private funds to help pay the costs of Oklahoma veterans who are able to participate in the program.
It helps World War II service members and other veterans travel to Washington to visit the national monuments and memorials dedicated to their service.
“Unfortunately, many veterans never had a chance to see those monuments, largely due to a lack of resources,” Gov. Brad Henry said during Monday’s news conference at the state Capitol. “But now we can do something about that.”
Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, who led efforts to start Oklahoma Honor Flights, said it’s hoped the first flight can be made in May.
To donate to or help with Oklahoma Honor Flights, complete the appropriate forms a twww. oklahomahonorflights.org and mail them to: P.O. Box 10492, Midwest City, OK 73140. People also may call 259-9000 or fax information to 259-8260.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau
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