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Funding problems for Texas Panhandle honor flight

America Supports You Texas sends veterans from the panhandle to Washington DC every year for free on the Texas Panhandle Honor Flight.

The organization says they have received so little funding and donations this year the trip may not be possible.We spoke with the president, Larry Lewis, of America Supports You Texas about some of the problems they have had with fundraising.

"We have faced a lot of fundraising difficulties this year with the wars winding down and troops coming back home, with the economy ... for a lot of reasons it is more difficult this year and it is not just us, it is other non-profits" said Lewis.

In the past the organization has been sponsored by a company to help with funding, but this year they were unable to obtain sponsorship.

"We have people that if we can't go this year, they won't be able to make it. This will probably be their last chance, we don't want to miss one" said Lewis.

Lewis says the honor flight can be life changing for veterans."The reason that this is so critical is we are seeing more than honor being rendered to these men and women, who have put their lives at risk to serve us ... we are also seeing healing" said Lewis.

America Supports You Texas still needs around $25,000 dollars just to make a small trip happen this October.

They are taking donations on their website athttp://www.americasupportsyoutexas.org/
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