‘Flight’ still has room for 12 more veterans

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Members of the Covington Regional Honor Flight board have raised about 70 percent of the funds needed to take 45 World War II-era veterans on a day trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorial in May.

Board president Tonitta Sauls said there are 33 veterans signed up for the trip, and the group can add at least 12 more.

The veterans, along with guardians who will assist them in traveling, will leave Covington County by bus, fly to Washington, and be taken by private motor coach to the nation’s war memorials. Sauls said the group has received contributions covering 70 percent of the $30,000 to $35,000 it is expected to cost to transport the group. Guardians will pay their own expenses.

Snacks, lanyards, hats, T-shirts and other sundry items will be provided to the veterans who make the trip.

Those who are a WWII veteran, or know a WWII veteran who is interested in applying for a seat on the flight, may pick up an application at the Andalusia Chamber office, contact Sauls at 334-493-3070, or any other CRHF board members, including Greg White, Pam Steele, Dwight Mikel, Robert Williamson and Ashley Eiland.

Those who wish to contribute to the travel expense may send tax-deductible contributions to: CRHF, c/o Covington County Commission, P.O. Box 188, Andalusia, AL 36420.

The flight is scheduled for Sat., May 2.