Q: How much does it cost?
A: There is no cost to veterans for the flight or to visit the memorials. However, we are not able to pay for transportation to/from the airport or for any lodging before/after the trip.
Q: How are you funded?
A: Honor Flight is funded by donations from individuals, civic, fraternal and social clubs, and businesses who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to see their memorial before it’s too late.
Q: Can I make a donation to Honor Flight?
A: Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from anyone except veterans who have not traveled with us. They have given enough: this is our way of saying “Thank You!” Once a veteran has traveled with Honor Flight, he or she can make a donation so that other vets can go, but it is not a requirement. Please check our Donate page.
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A: Veterans are flown on a “first-come, first-served basis.” Within the applicants, top priority is currently given to World War II veterans and all other veterans with terminal illness.
Q: Can my wife/husband go with me? I am the widow of a veteran. Can I go?
A: The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves. Regretfully, there are more veterans than seats. Many veterans have passed away while patiently waiting their turn.
Q: Can my son, daughter, grandson, or other family member go as a guardian?
A: Each of our guardians has had special training and many of them have taken several trips. We do this to help ensure the safety of our veterans. Each guardian has multiple duties. Most importantly, guardians look after the needs and safety of his or her veteran(s) and completes assigned duties to see that the flight and tour bus activities are performed safely and in a timely manner. A limited number of family members are selected to be part of the guardian team. To be considered, a family member must apply to be a guardian, meet the various requirements, and if selected take the training. 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: How many veterans are scheduled to go? Of the disabled veterans going, how many will have to be physically assisted getting on and off the bus? Which guardian applicants are most qualified? Medically trained, active duty military personnel and others who have previously participated in a flight are given priority and serve as leadership members.
Q: What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
A: A majority of the veterans use wheelchairs. The motor coaches used in Washington are equipped with wheelchair lifts. If there is a possibility that a veteran may need a wheelchair during one of our trips, we ask that the veteran make that known on their application. A vet needs to be able to walk comfortably at least 100 yards between rests. For those veterans who are not able to walk comfortably at least 100 yards between resting times, we supply wheelchairs and people to push them. No motorized scooters or chairs are allowed.
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 if local oxygen equipment is not available. We also provide oxygen cylinders to be used at the memorials. 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 make that known on the flight application.