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Funding limits NW OH veterans honor flights

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A program that takes military veterans to Washington to view war memorials will be limited to World War II veterans due to lack of funding.

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World War II veteran James Hayden of Owensboro, center, gets a hug from his grandson, Drew Hayden, also of Owensboro, after arriving at the Sportscenter Friday morning, June 7, 2013 in Owensboro, Ky.. James Hayden was among a group of nine veterans who took part in an Honor Flight, which flew them from Louisville to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial. (AP Photo/The Messenger-Inquirer, Gary Emord-Netzley)

Organizers of Honor Flight Northwest Ohio say they have no choice but to stop accepting applications from veterans of other conflicts including the Korean and Vietnam wars. The group says more than 600 veterans are on a waiting list, with money for only three more flights.

The flights were intended to take World War II veterans to Washington to see the National World War II Memorial. The Lima News ( reports that organizers say donations have declined.

Each flight costs around $72,000 for about 80 veterans and a corresponding number of "guardians" to help them.

There are other Honor Flight hubs in Ohio.

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