GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The partial shutdown of federal agencies is having an effect on efforts to get World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.
The non-profit group called “Honor Flight” says barricades placed at the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and other monuments and sites could block efforts to bring veterans to the nation’s capital.
Gail Yakopatz of Grants Pass has organized trips for several hundred Oregon vets in the last three years and is worried that the shutdown could scuttle two trips already planned for this month.
“We’ve already put out over $28,000 in airline tickets, and this money comes from donations,” explained Yakopatz. “Like any non-profit, can’t afford to throw away that kind of money, because a hundred people or so back in DC can’t get their stuff together!”
She says that some 300 veterans will have made the trip from Oregon just this year, and several trips are already shaping up for next spring.