What is Honor Flight?
The Honor Flight Network’s main purpose is to provide veterans with the opportunity to visit memorials dedicated to their services at no cost to them. The cost of the guardian is covered by the Trilogy Foundation. The Trip includes transportation to Washington, D. C., deluxe tour bus service, meals, snacks, and t-shirts, among many other amenities. Honor Flight Network also provides trained, volunteer guardians to accompany veterans through the entire trip if the veteran is without one.
How Does It Work?
Who can go on an Honor Flight?
Eligibility and priority of veterans:
- Terminally ill World War II veterans have first priority for all Honor Flights followed by all other World War II veterans.
- Terminally ill Korean War and Vietnam Campaign veterans have the next priority followed by all other Korean War and Vietnam Campaign veterans.
- Final Priority goes to all other military veterans.
- A guardian is also allowed to attend with a veteran.
Veterans need to have served during one of these designated periods:
- World War II
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign (7 Dec. 1941 – 8 Nov. 1945)
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (7 Dec. 1941 – 8 Nov. 1945)
- American Campaign (7 Dec. 1941 – 8 Nov. 1945)
- American Merchant Marine
- In oceangoing service (7 Dec. 1941 – 8 Nov. 1945)
- Korean War
- (27 June 1950 – 27 July 1954)
- Vietnam War
- (28 Feb. 1961 – 7 May 1975)
What if I was in the military but did not fight in a war?
Veterans are selected on a “first-come, first-served” basis as relegated by their war service date and application date, regardless of location of duty. Veterans who have served during war time are eligible to apply for an Honor Flight.
What is a guardian?
Guardians help to ensure that each veteran has a safe and memorable experience. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting the veterans at the airport, during and after the flight, and at the memorials. Training is provided prior to participating in one of the trips. Guardians must be physically able to handle themselves and their veteran. While a guardian may be a family member, spouses are not permitted to be guardians unless they are also a veteran themselves.
The National Honor Flight network has a policy of not flying spouses of veterans unless they too were military veterans.
What if the veteran doesn't have a family member or friend to be their guardian? Can they still fly?
Absolutely yes! In this case, a guardian form the wait list will be assigned to the veteran.
What expenses will I have to pay?
The trip is all inclusive for the veteran with the exception of souvenirs. The $500 cost for the guardian covers everything for him/her with the exception of souvenirs.
Will a health issue prevent a veteran from flying?
The program can be physically demanding for some elderly veterans. Veterans will be mobile for 18 hours while they visit 5 war memorials. Veterans will need to be able to get in and out of the tour bus many times throughout the day (up to 14 times). Applicants should consider carefully whether they can endure this type of trip/tour, including consulting a doctor.
What if the veteran requires a wheelchair or oxygen?
Not a problem! The deluxe motor coaches that shuttle us around D.C. are equipped with wheelchair lifts. HFSI supplies a wheelchair for every veteran to use on the trip. It is encouraged that veterans actually use the wheelchair while in D.C., even if they don’t think they need it. IF a veteran requires oxygen, their health car provider must supply a prescription that identifies the delivery method (mask or cannula), frequency (as needed or continuously), and the rate of delivery (liters per minute). FAA regulations do not allow oxygen cylinders on board, therefore an oxygen concentrator that is powered by batteries must by provided Oxygen cylinders will be provided at not cost to the veterans while in D.C.