Kan. honor flights halted after money goes missing

By: AP, posted by Sarah Plake
By: AP, posted by Sarah Plake
As many as 100 World War Two veterans have missed their chance to travel to Washington to see their war

Sewell MacFarram, Lawrence Syverson and Chester Self, three former WWII prisoners of war are honored at the Legend Assisted Living center Saturday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ As many as 100 World War Two veterans have missed their chance to travel to Washington to see their war's memorial after about $110,000 disappeared from a Kansas nonprofit that organized free trips for them.

Fifty-seven-year-old LaVeta Miller of Great Bend is charged with two counts of theft by deception. Her attorney declined to comment.

Miller previously led Central Prairie Honor Flight, which raised nearly $1.2 million from 2008 to 2012. But it ran out of money this year, and leaders now say it's about $40,000 in debt.

Another group has taken over as the lead Honor Flight provider in Kansas, but its flights have been smaller. Officials say the matter is urgent because more than 600 World War Two veterans die each day nationwide.


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