Kansas man gets $1,200 because of work for Kansas Honor Flight
You've likely heard of the Kansas Honor Flight, a non-profit group providing veterans an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC to see the war memorials.
What you may not have heard of is a man who's spent the past seven years gathering aluminum cans to pay for more than 100 trips for veterans.
In June we introduced you to Warren Vincent, a McPherson man with a love for veterans.
"I'm pretty sure there's a higher calling telling me to do it, but yeah, people call me a one man band, one man show," said Vincent.
His motto is 'I didn't serve, but I'm serving those that did.'
"The military guys, they put their life on the line for little pay really, and that's what I'm all about is supporting them guys," said Vincent.
When he started in 2011, he recycled enough cans to pay for two veterans to go on an honor flight. As of September 10, 2018 he's recycled enough cans to pay for 106 flights, at $750 per flight.
That's more than $76,000 worth of recycled cans gathered from locations in eight Kansas counties. So we decided to surprise him.
"Because you've been doing this as long as you have and been worrying about other people for as long as you have, Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers want to give you $1,200 for you, because you've been doing this for so long for others," said Evans.
"That's pretty cool. $1,200? Alright. I don't even know what to say," said Vincent with shock and awe all over his face. "That's uh...I'm going to cry. I enjoy what I do."
When he met with Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James, he says he plans to use the money to keep his truck running - a truck that already has 300,000 miles on it.
"We're honored to recognize the Cans 4 Kansas Honor Flight program. Warren, thanks for the great work you're doing in our community," said James.
"Thank you DeVaughn James and KWCH for recognizing the work that I do to honor our veterans," said Vincent.
for information on how you can get involved by donating your recycled cans to Cans 4 Kansas and the
Kansas Honor Flight.