FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
Q: Who can go on a Honor Flight trip?
VETERANS are placed on our waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Right now, we are only accepting applications for World War Two veterans and terminally ill veterans of any conflict. Currently, our wait list is 200 veterans long. Applications from veterans of other wars will be accepted, but we will work through our World War II wait list first.
GUARDIANS are picked by our Flight Selection Team based on a number of factors. The number of Guardians varies depending on the needs of the Veterans on that particular flight. Guardians must be at least 18 and no more than 64 years of age and be able to easily lift 100 pounds, as many times they will be assisting Veterans into or out of wheelchairs, up and down stairs, etc. First priority is given to medically trained volunteers, active duty military personnel and Guardians who have previously flown who now serve as leadership members during our trips. Guardians do pay for their trip and must attend a mandatory training session.
Important Note: Family members of veterans are invited to apply to be part of our Guardian team. However, we are unable to guarantee they will be invited on the flight. When filling out a guardian application, it is important that you indicate on the guardian application the veteran you wish to fly with. In order to ensure the safety of all on our flight, Guardians are selected based on a number of factors. There are a limited number of spots available for family member Guardians on each flight, so unfortunately not all family members who apply to be Guardians will be able to accompany their Veteran on a flight. Available spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, each veteran is only allowed one guardian.
Q: Can spouses also go on the trip?
We are unable to accommodate spouses unless they are eligible veterans themselves.
Q: How do I get an application?
Veteran and Guardian applications can be downloaded from our website under the Applications page. Or, you may call us at 1-855-FLY-1-VET (855-359-1838) to request one be mailed to you.
Q: How much does it cost? Who pays for the trip?
Our veterans have already sacrificed and given so much through their service to our country, therefore we feel they should not have to pay for the trip. All expenses for their Honor Flight are covered.
Flights are funded by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other groups who wish to be an important part of honoring these heroes and recognize the need to get our veterans to see their memorial before it is too late. No funding is received from the Government. Guardians pay $400 each for the honor of escorting a World War Two Hero to Washington DC.
Q: Do veterans need to supply their own guardian?
No. A guardian will be provided for each veteran, unless a family member has sent in a guardian application requesting to fly with a specific veteran. (See above for guardian requirements)
Q: When and where do I pay my $400 guardian fee?
Guardian fees are due once a guardian has been notified they are on a specific flight. Guardian fees can then be paid through our PayPal account, be brought to the mandatory guardian training session, or mailed to Honor Flight South Florida, Inc., PO Box 16851, Plantation, Florida, 33318.
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