Missing Honor Flight money is costly

The Central Prairie Honor Flight group in Great Bend already had been kicked out of the national Honor Flight organization because of administrative problems and other concerns. But the arrest last week of its former director on charges that she stole more than $100,000 from the charity could damage the Honor Flight program. People and businesses gave money to Central Prairie to help send World War II veterans to see the National World War II Memorial (in photo) and others in Washington, D.C. They and others may be less likely to support future flights if there has been a violation of trust. Area veterans also are victims, as the money reported missing could have paid for two more charter flights.