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Local business helping veterans

By Staff | May 21, 2010

Riverside Sinclair will hold an outdoor cookout fundraiser 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27 to help raise funds to sponsor veterans on another veterans honor flight to be held later this summer.

Bob Houseman of Riverside Sinclair said the Emmet County Cattlemen’s Association will cook up burgers for the event. A burger, chips and drink will be available for a $4 donation.

“Whatever we get, we’re going to match,” Houseman said. “We’re going to do two guys for sure, maybe three,” Houseman said, regarding Riverside’s sponsorship of veterans on the honor flight.

As part of its customer appreciation day, Riverside Sinclair will also offer 10 cents a gallon off fuel.

Larry Sundall, Emmet County veterans service officer, said due to great interest by World War II veterans in another flight, more funds need to be raised.

“We got way more response than we anticipated,” Sundall said. He said 18-20 were anticipated for Emmet County; however, 28-30 veterans have shown an interest in the flight. Sundall said another $6,000 needs to be raised.

The flight will probably leave from Fort Dodge. World War II veterans or terminally ill Korean or Vietnam veterans are eligible.

Honor flights leave early in the morning. Veterans tour the World War II memorial and other points of interest in Washington, D.C. and the flight returns the same evening.

Sundall recalled what one World War II veteran said after returning from a previous honor flight.

“I’m ready to go to heaven because everything I’ve dreamed of and lived for has been fulfilled.”

The honor flight will leave late this summer or early fall. Donations to the veterans honor flight may be made to the Veterans Affairs Commission at 508 S. First St., Estherville, IA 51334.