Hundreds of people welcomed 95 veterans back to Columbia on June 20, 2022, as they returned from Washington to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel (photo courtesy of the Honor Flight's Mary Paulsell)

Honor Flight Radiothon runs through 6 pm on 939 the Eagle

Hundreds of people welcomed 95 veterans back to Columbia on June 20, 2022, as they returned from Washington to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel (photo courtesy of the Honor Flight’s Mary Paulsell)

The Diamond Pet Foods Central Missouri Honor Flight Radiothon continues at this hour on several Zimmer radio stations in mid-Missouri, including 939 the Eagle.

The Service Master phone bank is open until 6 pm. That number is (573) 815-7516, and all of the money raised during the radiothon is used for the Central Missouri Honor Flights to Washington, where veterans from the World War II, Korea and Vietnam war eras visit numerous memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.

The honor flights have made 63 trips to Washington since 2009, transporting more than 5,000 World War II, Korean and Vietnam-era veterans. They tour the war memorials at no cost to them. Organizers say the trips can be transformative for veterans who have been struggling with their experiences in war and the military.

The cost of Monday’s Honor Flight to Washington for 95 veterans was about $115,000, and transportation and food costs continue to rise. All of the money raised today will support the veterans’ flights and is not used for staff or any overhead.

You can also donate online today, thanks to Steve’s Pest Control. We appreciate your generosity.

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