Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: NO. Honor Flight Tri-State is a member of the National Honor Flight network and the network has a policy of not flying spouses of veterans unless they too were military veterans. Family members ( children etc ) may go with a veteran, but they must pay the guardian fee and fill out an application at the same time as the veteran . All trips for the veteran are absolutely FREE ! All guardians , either solo or with a family member must pay the guardian fee.
Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A: The cost is FREE for everything (unless otherwise specified below). 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, but they must fill out and apply online on this website. 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:
a. How many disabled veterans are scheduled to go?
b. Which guardian applicants are most qualified? Medically trained, active duty military personnel and previous guardians are given top priority and serve as leadership members. 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?
A: Anyone can make a donation. All donations are tax deductible under the 501(3)c designation from the IRS.
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A: Veterans are flown on a "first come first served" basis. These applications are logged into the data base chronologically. Our priority is World War ll Veterans - and until we have flown every World War ll veteran who is willing and healthy enough to go on a flight -- all other veterans will be on a waiting list . If you are a Korean or Vietnam veteran you may submit your application at this time -- BUT -- you will be put on a waiting list in the order received .
We do not know when the other veterans will be flying because of the current influx of large numbers of World War ll veterans . I hope the veterans from the other conflicts will understand that the advancing ages of the World War ll veterans has given them priority . Veterans of other conflicts that have a terminal illness will be considered on a " space available " basis. We do not have a date certain when we will begin flying Korean and Vietnam veterans.
All veterans will be called by our screening committee when their name comes to the top of the waiting list.
Q: How are the veterans screened?
A: After an initial veteran application is filled out -- a return medical form will be sent back to the veteran. This form will help the Honor Flight staff ascertain if the veteran is in good enough health to take the trip. All veterans will then be asked to have their doctor review the form and sign the bottom to verify that all of the veterans conditions are mentioned and the physician thinks that his patient / veteran is healthy enough for the trip. All of the screening is not to intentionally eliminate any veteran, but only to insure their safety on the trip. Our first and primary goal is the health and welfare of each and every veteran.
Q: What if there is no Honor Flight program in my state?
A: If a program does not exist in your part of the country, 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. 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 would cover the cost of the trip from Fargo, to DC and back again.
Q: How are you funded?
A: Honor Flight receives no government grants and all monies raised go directly to fly the veterans . We are an all Volunteer program with no paid staff Our funding comes from small and large donations from individuals across the country that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of these veterans and want to help them see their memorials before it is too late ! Our donors also include corporations, foundations, fraternal organizations and veterans organizations. Donations may be made directly to our Headquarters in Cincinnati, or through a PayPal account. See the information on the front page of the website for contribution information.
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 programs. The Honor Flight Tri-State organization is based out of Cincinnati,OH.
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