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Kansas Honor Flight plans 6 flights this year

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Honor Flight plans to offer six free flights for veterans to visit Washington D.C. this year.

The first two flights are scheduled for April 16-18 and April 30-May 2. The dates for the other flights haven't been scheduled but they will likely be in June and in the fall, said Mike VanCampen, president of Hutchinson-based Kansas Honor Flight.

"We went up there in July last year when it was 108 degrees," VanCampen said. "That was too much. So we're going to skip July and August."

Since it was established in 2005, the national Honor Flight Network has flown more than 117,500 veterans to Washington D.C. to see war memorials and other sites, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1l3RiLx ).

A Kansas group that began in Great Bend in 2008 took more than 1,100 veterans to Washington D.C. on 17 flights before closing in mid-2012 after a woman was charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the organization. Kansas Honor Flight began operating shortly after that and took 244 veterans to Washington on seven flights in 2013.

Most of the veterans on the first two flights of this year are expected to be from World War II, VanCampen said, with the later flights including mostly Korean War veterans.

The veterans pay nothing but each one must be accompanied by another person, who is charged about $700.

Kansas Honor Flight raised about $19,000 in November from a benefit dinner and silent auction at Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper in Benton. A golf tournament to raise more funds is set for June 9 at Willowbend Golf Course in Wichita.

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Online:

Kansas Honor Flight: http://kansashonorflight.org .

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com