Lincoln, Neb. — A nonprofit organization that’s organized honor flights to Washington, D.C., for Nebraska veterans says its next free flight will carry Purple Heart recipients from combat in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bill Williams of Patriotic Productions told the Lincoln Journal Star that the spring flight will also carry as escorts and helpers some widows and children of those killed in the line of duty.
Williams says the Military Order of the Purple Heart estimates it has about 60 members in Nebraska, but that figure doesn’t include nonmembers.
Sandhills Publishing Co. is covering the $85,000 cost of the jet charter, and Williams is raising money to cover tour buses, meals and other expenses. The travelers will fly to Washington on May 24, spend the day touring the war memorials and monuments and then fly back to Omaha.