Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: No. At the present time, we have over 30,000 WWII, Korea & Vietnam Era
Veterans on our national waiting list and thousands more who
will apply. It is doubtful that we will get to every
deserving veteran in time. 100's of Veterans have
passed away while patiently waiting their turn. Hundreds
more will not live long enough to visit their precious
memorial. Can you imagine how long the waiting list would
be if we added non-veteran spouses to our waiting list? The only spouses that are permitted to go are those who are
veterans themselves (of the same era as their spouse).
Q: I am the widow of a WWII Veteran. Can I go?
A: Sadly, the answer is "no". Again, we simply do
not have the resources, funding, or seating available to
transport all the WWII, Korea & Vietnam ERa Veterans who are presently on our
national waiting list. Adding spouses and widows simply
isn't an option for our program.
Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to
A: The cost is FREE for
Veterans (unless you are going as a guardian). You do not need to bring any money, unless you
intend to purchase souvenirs.
Q: Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a guardian?
A: Yes. Our
TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the veterans. A
normal ratio is 2 veterans to 1 guardian. Who will or will
not serve as a guardian and how many guardians will be
needed is the sole responsibility of the Program Director.
That decision is based upon many factors, such as:
many disabled veterans are scheduled to go?
the disabled veterans going, how many will have to be
physically carried on and off the bus?
guardian applicants are most qualified? Medically
trained, active duty military personnel and veterans who
have previously participated in a flight are given top
priority and serve as leadership members. The
applicants physically capable of assisting in the
lifting of Veterans are also a top priority. Once
the director feels enough of those positions have been
filled, other applicants are then considered. Again,
these decisions rest solely with the Program Director.
Q: As a Veteran, do i have to provide my own guardian before signing up for an Honor Flight?
A. Absolutely NOT, we have literally hundreds of qualified people signed up to be your guardian!
Q: Can I make a donation to Honor Flight?
A: Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from
anyone EXCEPT Veterans (until after they have taken an Honor Flight). We feel that Veterans
have given enough. This is our way of saying "Thank you"!
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A: Veterans are flown on a "first-come, first-served
basis (determined by the application's receipt date)." Within the applicants, top priority is given to
WWII Era Veterans and all other veterans with terminal illness.
Our second priority is to Korean War Era Veterans and then
Vietnam Era Veterans.
Q: How are you funded?
A: Our funding comes primarily from businesses
and individuals who
recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices
of Veterans and want them to see their memorial before it's
too late. Other significant contributors will include fraternal organizations like
the local American Legion, VFW,
Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, posts, Elks, Lions, Service Clubs, schools etc (please see our "Sponsors" page)
Q: What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a
A: WHEELCHAIRS -- About 30% of the veterans we have
been transporting over the past three years have been in
wheelchairs. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based
upon this fact. Many of our coaches are equipped with
wheelchair lifts. If there is a possibility that a veteran
may need a wheelchair during one of our trips, we will
provide it for them. OXYGEN -- If the veteran requires oxygen, a
prescription for the oxygen must be provided by the
veteran's healthcare provider, identifying the delivery
method (mask or nasal cannula), frequency (as needed or
continuously), and the rate of delivery (2-3 liters per
minute). Honor Flight will provide an FAA approved oxygen
concentrator for use during the trip. We also provide
oxygen cylinders to be used at the memorials. If an
overnight stay in the DC area is required, we will provide
an overnight concentrator to use in the hotel room.
Veterans on oxygen are required to have oxygen cylinders
available from their home to the departure airport and also
on the return from their local airport back to their homes.
No oxygen cylinders are permitted to be used on the
aircraft. If the veteran requires oxygen during the trip,
please call us at (715) 573.8519 to discuss arrangements.
Q: Are terminally ill WWII Veterans given any special
A: YES! Such veterans go to the top of the list for
the next flight departing to Washington DC as part of our
TLC Program. Not only are WWII Veterans given this top
priority, but any Korea or Vietnam Era terminally ill Veteran, who has never been
able to visit their memorial, are given the same priority
under our TLC Program.
Q: How can I start an HFN Hub in my part of the country?
A: Please call the national
Honor Flight Network at 937-521-2400
Q: Who is in charge of the program?
A: Throughout the United States there are several
programs that operate in conjunction with Honor Flight. The
individual program directors are part of a partnership
called the Honor Flight Network. This governing body
establishes general protocols, policies, credentialing, and
maintains a national website and oversight of several
Q: Are the trips only for veterans who were in combat?
A: Absolutely not. We wish to honor anyone who served in the U.S. armed services during World War II, Korea or Viet Nam eras. You do not have to have been in combat to qualify. (Approximately 1 of 11 veterans saw combat in WWII, Korea and Vietnam).