- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The fundraising goal has been reached to fly more Nebraska veterans of the Korean War to visit memorials and see other sights in Washington, D.C.

Organizer Bill Williams, of Patriotic Productions in Omaha, said Tuesday that $500,000 has been raised to fly 460 veterans from 200 communities around the state and family members and volunteer guardians.

Williams had raised an alarm in late January when one of his donors had to cut a $100,000 pledge down to $20,000. Williams said then the three chartered jets had been paid for but that the $80,000 was needed for other expenses, including ground transportation, box lunches and incidentals.

Other donors have since taken up the slack and made up the looming shortfall, he said.

Williams organized a similar trip in October for 135 veterans. He and his wife, Evonne Williams, also organized honor flights for more than 1,500 World War II veterans in 2008 and 2009.

The travelers will board the three planes the morning of March 25 after a dinner and ceremony the night before in Omaha. They’ll fly to the nation’s capital, where chartered buses will take them to the Korea, Vietnam, World War II and Lincoln memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.

They’ll return that night to a hero’s welcome in Omaha.

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