Rush “Chuck-A-Puck” to benefit veteran-focused organization Midwest Honor Flight

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Rush are hosting their ever-popular “Chuck-A-Puck” contest during the second intermission of Saturday’s game, and veteran-focused organization, Midwest Honor Flight, will benefit from those funds.

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USMC veterans standing in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial (photo courtesy Midwest Honor Flight)

Midwest Honor Flight is a nonprofit that takes veterans of World War II, Vietnam and Korea on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials to their service. The midwestern sector covers all of South Dakota, along with Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota.

Fundraisers like “Chuck-A-Puck” help cover the entire cost of the trip for the veterans.

“The fundraising that we do, the donations that we receive go towards making these flights possible, and it costs about $150,000 for one flight of 84 veterans to go along,” says Aaron Van Beek, president and director of Midwest Honor Flight.

Van Beek and others from the organization will be at the game Saturday night to meet with attendees and share more about their mission.

“We have to get our veterans out to D.C., and our veterans need this honor, this respect and this closure, and Honor Flight is certainly a start,” Van Beek adds.

NewsCenter1 had the honor of traveling along on Mission 7 back in September 2021. For a look at the stories, click the links below:

Spending the day with Midwest Honor Flight in Washington, honoring our nation’s veterans

Hear from the veterans of Midwest Honor Flight on their service and traveling to D.C.

Midwest Honor Flight talks fundraising and why their mission is so important

“This is a way to give back” – meet the volunteers of Midwest Honor Flight

For more information on Midwest Honor Flight, click here.

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