Fewer veteran's applications will be accepted to take part in free flights offered by Honor Flight Northwest Ohio beginning July 1.
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio announced it is scaling back on the size of its flight groups due to the high volume of veteran applications combined with a decrease in overall funding and increase in flight costs.
More than 600 veterans are currently on the waiting list to take a flight to Washington, D.C. as of late June. Each flight currently costs just over $72,000, according to officials, and applications are coming in faster than the funding can handle.
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio announced it will continue to accept veteran applications from World War II veterans, but only from WWII veterans who have not already seen the World War II Memorial. Representatives with Honor Flight say since the WWII Memorial was not completed until 2004, paired with the ages of the men and women who served, there's a sense of urgency to get them there as soon as possible.
As of July 1, no more applications will be accepted from veterans of the Korean War or Vietnam War.
The final Honor Flight of 2013 will take off Oct. 9. Only two flights are scheduled for 2014.
Veterans who have not yet applied to Honor Flight Northwest Ohio can still apply to the following Honor Flight "hubs" in Ohio:
-Flag City Honor Flight (Findlay)
-Honor Flight CAK (Akron/Canton)
-Honor Flight Cleveland (Cleveland)
-Honor Flight Columbus (Columbus)
-Honor Flight Dayton (Dayton)
-Honor Flight Tri-State (Cincinnati)
For more information and ways to donate, visit honorflight.org.
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