Thank you to Honor Flight donors – Linda Hocke

To the 10 Vietnam War veterans who are on the waiting list for the Honor Flight, Greene County’s citizens proudly say “Thank you for your service and sacrifice”. We have the money to send you to Washington D.C.

Your flight date is determined by your application number (applications are stamped with an application number when they are received). In January, the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight Board will figure out the exact application numbers that will be used to board the May 6, 2017 flight. There will also be a September 2017 flight. You will be mailed your flight information.

Thank you to all veterans and everyone who puts themselves in harms way to protect and serve – all of you deserve an Honor Flight.

Thank you to everyone who donated to make this happen for our veterans. Your generosity is inspiring.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Midland Power Cooperative – Bill McKim, Abbey Sprague, and Kara Boyle; Morning Star Lodge- #159 – Jim Spearman, Doug Tucker and entire Lodge; Home State Bank – Sid Jones and Mary Wolterman; Prestige Automotive, LLC – Ron and Julie Smith; Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, Greene County- Chad Leighty, Nikki Uebel, and Tia Allen; Past Exalted Rulers Association Elks lodge #2306 – Ken Baker, Les Fister, Jerry Roberts, Hollie Roberts, Jonathon Smith and Steve Smith; Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does #196 – Shelly Berger, Mary Dayton, Tina Nelson and the entire drove; Bob Hamilton- Greene County Redi-Mix Inc; Jefferson Elks Lodge #2306 – Hollie Roberts, Diane Gibson, Joyce and Les Fister, Jim Riley, Ed Calvert and the entire lodge; Kiwanis Club of Jefferson – Hollie Roberts, Deb Geisler, Loren Turner and the entire club; Jefferson Hy-Vee- Lori Subbert, Hy-Vee Staff and donation boxes created by Dean and Lois Lentz placed at Hy-Vee and Grand Junction, Jefferson and Scranton Casey’s. (Your generous donations of spare change, ones, fives, tens, twenties and even a $100 bill resulted in the funding of almost two veterans – thank you.).

Thank you very much to our individual and business contributors: Marilynn Hoskins; Linda and Rodney Eighmy; Vern Foje; Wayne and Isabel Smith; Louise Harris; Shirley Franey; Donna Blair; New Way Trucking, Scranton Manufacturing – Jim Ober; STAR Energy- Nicole; Alan and Barbara Krueger; and Lee Horbach of State Farm Insurance.

Special recognition to those who donated on behalf of a veteran: Pat Ott for Estel Ott (World War Two veteran), Marion Hocke for her six brothers and husband who served, Pat Harrah on behalf of everyone in her family who served in the military.

Personally, I want to thank everyone I contacted whether you were able to donate or not. Those who helped make this fundraising effort so successful: Hollie Roberts, Shelly Berger, Dean and Lois Lentz, Don Ihnken, Dawn Rudolph, Wade Weiss, Jerry Spaulding, Dan Towers, Bert and Everett Beebe, and other Honor Flight veterans willing to help with publicity – Tracy Bigley, Bob Glenn, and Orvie Umbaugh.

Our local media is the best in the country; thank you in order of my contacting them- Andy McGinn of the Jefferson Herald, Tori Riley of GreeneCountyNewsOnline, LuAnn Waldo of the Scranton Journal, and Coltrane Carlson of the Raccoon Valley Radio. Thank you all for being such great supporters of the Honor Flight.

And last but not least, thanks to everyone at the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight especially Charlie Walker, Ron Newsum and treasurer Mel Schroeder. t every veteran in every county served by Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight

About Honor Flight: All money raised in Greene County goes for a Greene County veteran. All board members and everyone working on the Honor Flight is a volunteer. There is no county priority; flight decisions are made solely on the application number assigned when the application is received. This ensures that everyone is treated the same. Flights are through the Fort Dodge airport; everyone is encouraged to see the veterans off and welcome them home. Board meetings are open to the public. We are currently taking World War Two, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C.

For additional information, contact board president Ron Newsom at 515-571-4477, board member Charlie Walker at 515-576-0671, or Linda Hocke at 515-968-4363.

Donations can be sent to Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, 320 S. 12th St, Fort Dodge, IA  50501.

Sincerely, Linda Hocke, Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight coordinator

 

 

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