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Riverboat Foundation Donates $60K To Help Vets Get To DC

West Of Larchwood, Iowa — A plane full of veterans will be able to see their war memorials in Washington, DC, thanks in part to a grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.

According to Randy Waagmeester, president of the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, the foundation board had approved a grant for Midwest Honor Flight in 2019 to help veterans see their memorials. But then COVID hit, and they were unable to use the funds, which are supposed to be used in a certain timeframe. So, Midwest Honor Flight officials asked the foundation for an extension, which was granted. And now Midwest Honor Flight has announced that they will finally be able to fly again, and the next flight has been scheduled.

That’s Jerry Keizer, past president of the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation at a ceremony on Monday morning. Aaron Van Beek with Midwest Honor Flight tells us how many and what kinds of veterans will be going.

The grant is for $60,000. Van Beek says it costs $150,000 for a flight, and he says they have over 800 Midwest veterans on their waiting list. He also tells us that they have another flight scheduled for October 9th, and 120 Vietnam vets will be going to DC that day.

Riverboat Foundation president Waagmeester tells us that the board is extremely happy and proud to be able to contribute to the Honor Flight.

Van Beek encourages you to contact Midwest Honor Flight if you or someone you love is a veteran who would like to fly to DC to see the memorials. He says they always appreciate your donations as well. Find out more at or call (605) 215-1319.

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