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Honor Flight Network FAQs

(Courtesy of the national Honor Flight web site.)

Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: No. At the present time, we have over 8,000 World War II veterans on our national waiting list and thousands more who will apply this year. It is doubtful that we will get to every deserving veteran in time. Over 250 World War II veterans have passed away while patiently waiting their turn. Hundreds more will not live long enough to visit their precious memorial. Imagine how long the waiting list would be if we added non-veteran spouses to our waiting list. The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves.

Q: I am the widow of a World War II 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 World War II veterans who are presently on our national waiting list. Adding spouses and widows simply isn't an option for our program at this time.

Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A:  The cost is FREE for World War II and terminally ill veterans. 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:  Only under certain limited circumstances. Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the veterans. A normal ratio is 8 veterans to 3 guardians. 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 disabled 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 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 World War II 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: Can I make a donation to Honor Flight Network?
A:  Honor Flight Network gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT World War II veterans. We feel that World War II 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." Within the applicants, top priority is currently given to World War II veterans and all other veterans with terminal illness. Our second priority is to Korean War veterans and then Vietnam War veterans.

Q: What if there are no Honor Flight Network hubs in my state?
A:  If a program does not exist in your part of the country, TURN IN AN APPLICATION ANYWAY. Once the application has been received, you will be invited to participate on a flight in your general region of the country. You will be responsible for obtaining travel to and from that region. For example: you live in Minneapolis Minnesota. Once a seat becomes available for you on a flight out of Fargo, North Dakota, you would be responsible for getting to and from Fargo. Once there, Honor Flight Network would cover the cost of the trip from Fargo, to D.C. and back again. If you have been on our national waiting list for over six months, you will be eligible to participate in our Lone Eagles program. Please call us for more information.

Q: How are you funded?
A:  Sadly, despite our best attempts at fundraising, Honor Flight Network Network receives no national, government sponsorship. Our funding comes primarily from individuals across the country who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to see their memorial before it's too late. Other significant contributors have been fraternal organizations like local American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, posts and chapters, as well as various corporations on a local level.

Q: What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
A:  WHEELCHAIRS -- About 30% of the veterans we have transported over the past three years were 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 ask that the veteran bring their own. If a wheelchair is not available, you can usually sign one out from your local fraternal organization (VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, etc). If this still is not an option, please contact our offices at 937 521-2400.

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 Network 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. If an overnight stay in the D.C. area is required, we will provide an overnight concentrator for 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 937 521-2400 to discuss arrangements.

Q: Are terminally ill World War II veterans given any special priority?
A:  YES! Such veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to Washington D.C. as part of our TLC Program. Not only are World War II veterans given this top priority, but any terminally ill veteran, who has never been able to visit their memorial, is given the same priority under our TLC Program. Please call us for more information.

Q: How can I start an HFN hub in my part of the country?
A:  We're glad you asked! Please call us at 937 521-2400 and ask to speak with the founder of Honor Flight Network, Mr. Earl Morse. He can also be reached via email at founder@honorflight.org.

Q: How can I donate?
A:  You can send your donations to:

Honor Flight

c/o WGEM

513 Hampshire

Quincy, IL 62301

For more information, email us at honorflight@wgem.com

Q: Who is in charge of the program?
A:  Throughout the United States there are several programs that operate in conjunction as part of Honor Flight Network. This governing body establishes general protocols, policies, credentialing, and maintains a national Website and oversight of several programs:

  • The Honor Flight Network Chairman is Jim McLaughlin. He can be reached by email at chairman@honorflight.org. The Honor Flight Network program was founded by Earl Morse and Jeff Miller. The program is based out of Springfield Ohio.
  • Honor Flight Network Headquarters can be reached at 937 521-2400, or email at info@honorflight.org.
  • The national mailing address is:
    Honor Flight Inc.
    300 East Auburn Ave.
    Springfield, OH 45505-4703

Q: How do Veterans in wheelchairs travel around Washington, D.C.?
A: The Honor Flight Network is generously supported by the premiere motor coach company in Maryland, Dillon's Bus Service. All of their buses are wheelchair lift equipped.

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