VFW Members Raise Money for Fellow Veterans' DC Trip

March  05, 2014

Late this spring, dozens of veterans from Eldridge and rural Scott County will fly to Washington DC to see memorials dedicated to them. Last night (Tuesday), VFW Post 61-74 in Eldridge announced members have raised more than 65,000 dollars for an Honor Flight on May 29th. 

Past VFW Commander, Duane Miller, came up with the idea. "We were at a meeting and I said we could raise $50,000 for a flight. [Some said] 'Oh, I don't know.' But we had a trivia night, 'Maybe we'll raise $200-300.' But we raised over $2,000. So then they said 'Hey, we can do this.'"

Honor Flight of the Quad Cities will give priority for seats to World War II veterans from the Eldridge, North Scott area, then Korean War veterans. There will be room for 90 veterans, and Miller says 60 guardians are needed to help them.  One Honor Flight costs about 80,000 dollars, and guardians are required to buy their own tickets at 500 dollars each. Miller also says the Scott County Regional Authority gave the VFW a 30,000 dollar grant to help pay for the May 29th flight, the 28th for the local group. Number 27 is set for April 16th.