WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Walmart on Friday presented a $20,000 check to the Kansas Honor Flight group. The check presentation happened at Kellogg and Greenwich store.
According to a news release from Walmart following the event, “The donation is part of Walmart’s ongoing commitment to supporting the communities it serves, through local giving, volunteerism and programs that strengthen community cohesion.”
“At Walmart, we’re proud to support organizations that demonstrate a tireless commitment to strengthening their local communities,” said Amy Williams, Walmart market manager. “We are inspired by everything the Kansas Honor Flight is doing for Kansas veterans, and we are honored to be a small part of the incredible work they do on a daily basis.”
The Kansas Honor Flight program pays for veterans to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C.
“Well, it has become more expensive to get our veterans to Washington, so we appreciate the grateful public for providing funds to make this happen. It currently costs us about $900 to take a veteran for this three-day trip to Washington to see the memorials built to their service,” Mike VanCampen, Kansas Honor Flight president, said.
Next year, the group has four flights scheduled. They hope to carry about 100 or 105 veterans on each.
“The support that the Kansas Honor Flight provides to local veterans is truly something to be celebrated,” said Dan Hawkins, Kansas House Majority Leader. “By organizing all-expense paid trips to memorials in Washington, D.C., this organization is providing veterans with unforgettable experiences and ensuring they are honored in a way they deserve.”
The Kansas Honor Fight is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization, and all funds donated go directly towards sending the veterans on their flights. All donations are tax-deductible.
To make a donation to the program, click here.