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April 28, 2014

WWII vet, 101, among those making Kansas Honor Flight

A 101-year-old Manhattan man will be among the 21 World War II veterans who will fly out of Wichita on Wednesday to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.

A 101-year-old Manhattan man will be among the 21 World War II veterans who will fly out of Wichita on Wednesday to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Head, an Army veteran who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, will take part in a Kansas Honor Flight that leaves Mid-Continent Airport at 8 a.m. The veterans will return at 11:10 a.m. Friday.

Four more WWII vets will fly out of Kansas City as part of the same three-day trip.

Head and another 101-year-old who was on a previous flight are the oldest veterans to make the trip since Kansas Honor Flight began operation in 2012, said Mike VanCampen, president of the Hutchinson-based nonprofit.

All of the veterans on this week’s flight are from World War II. Korean and Vietnam vets also are eligible for the flights.

Two flights are set for May and two more in June before the group resumes the trips in the fall.

Veterans interested in taking part in a flight should go to kansashonorflight.org or call 620-546-2400. There’s no charge for veterans, although each vet must be accompanied by another person. Cost for that person is $700.

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