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9-year-old raises $3,000 to benefit veterans

(Justin Peterson, 9, has raised approximately $3,000 for
Honor Flight, a group dedicated to flying Vets of World War II and
those with terminal illnesses to view military monuments and
memorials in Washington, DC)

Anthony Gomes | KHQ Local News

CHEWELAH, Wash. – A 9-year-old student in Chewelah, Washington is getting a big thanks from military veterans after raising thousands of dollars for Honor Flight.

The Honor Flight organization is dedicated to flying Vets of World War II and those with terminal illnesses to view military monuments and memorials in Washington, DC.

Justin Peterson has raised approximately $3,000 for the group and says he plans to collect more.

Peterson started learning about the military as part of an independent study project for school. A news story he watched on TV prompted him to start raising money for Honor Flight.

"It's just a really neat project and I thought it would be a way to honor the Veterans for what they did," he said.

Peterson collected spare change, then organized a fundraising dinner at the local American Legion Post with his parents.

Elizabeth and Larry Peterson say their son has raised about $2,000 in cash donations and pledges of about $1,000 more.

Honor Flight Administrators say the 4th grader has raised enough money to fly at least six veterans from the Inland Northwest to Washington, DC.

For more information on Honor Flight visit their web site linked to the right of this story.

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