Honor Flight telethon raises more than $56,000

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A 13-hour telethon on KAKE News raised approximately $56,000 to send veterans to the nation’s capitol.

The telethon started during Good Morning Kansas at 6 a.m. and continued until 7 p.m. on Monday, Veteran’s Day.

The money means dozens of veterans will be able to fly to Washington D.C. in the coming weeks and months. Kansas Honor Flight offers the trip free of charge.

Since 2012 the program has sent 79 planes full of servicemen and women. The average cost is $800 per person – and it’s all paid for by donations.

The money raised Monday means 70 additional veterans will be able to make that trip.

“We never could’ve done it without KAKE and the KAKEland viewers,” said David Blanding, with Kansas Honor Flight. “It just shows how much pride there is in the community for our veterans.”

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