Korean War veterans on the next Honor Flight to the nation's capital won't be flying on fumes.
Three Delta Airlines chartered jets have been mustered and paid for.
But the 460 veterans are short of bus fare once they get to Washington, D.C.
How short? About $80,000.
The shortfall recently landed in organizer Bill Williams' lap when a donor scaled back a $100,000 pledge to $20,000.
“I hate to plead poor, but we are short,'' Williams said. “We were counting on the money.''
Williams said he is confident he can raise the funds before the March 25 flights from Omaha to Washington and back. Veterans will ride 14 tour buses to visit memorials dedicated to those who served in Korea, Vietnam and World War II. Stops will include the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.
He estimated the total cost of the trip at $475,000. The buses, box lunches and other incidentals are budgeted at $80,000.
About 380 veterans, representing about 135 Nebraska communities, have responded to an invitation to make the trip at no cost to them. The application period is closed.
Tax-deductible donations of any size to the Korea Honor Flight can be made at MidlandsCommunity.org or mailed to Midlands Community Foundation, 217 N. Jefferson St., Papillion NE 68046.