Kan. honor flights halted after money goes missing
By Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press
Friday, Nov 23, 2012 8:00 PM UTC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — As many as 100 World War II veterans missed their chance to travel to Washington to see their war’s memorial after about $110,000 disappeared from a Kansas nonprofit that organized free trips for them.
Richard Foster, the president of the board for an organization that ran Central Prairie Honor Flights, fears some of the veterans will never see the National World War II Memorial. It wasn’t completed until 2004, and with more than 600 World War II veterans dying daily, there is urgency to the effort to help them see the memorial.
Central Prairie Honor Flights was the largest trip organizer in Kansas and raised nearly $1.2 million for them between 2008 and 2012. Flights were halted this year, however, after more than $100,000 went missing from the group’s account. Its program director, LaVeta Miller, was charged in October with two counts of theft by deception.
“With that kind of money, we could have completed the World War II veterans or come close,” Foster said. “It really pulled the rug out from under us.”