Oklahoma's honor flight program will not be affected by the arrest of the former head of a Kansas chapter who is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the program, organizers said Friday.
LaVeta Miller, former head of the Central Prairie Honor Flight program, was arrested Thursday on a complaint of theft by deception in excess of $100,000.
She was fired from the group in July after financial records showed about $110,000 missing.
The honor flight program is a national effort to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial and other memorials commemorating their service.
Gary Banz, executive director of Oklahoma Honor Flights, said each honor flight hub is a stand-alone group that does its own fundraising and organizes flights independently of any other group.
“We are authorized to use the honor flight name,” Banz said. “We are organized as a separate 501C3 registered with the state of Oklahoma. We are accountable to a local governing board, and we are doing well.”
Oklahoma Honor Flights completed its sixth flight of the year Wednesday, the 11th flight since the program began two and a half years ago.
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