Logistics and Qualifications
No. In fact there are logistics that need to be worked out before we can fly from Findlay. Up to this point, we have flown from Toledo (via chartered aircraft) and from Dayton (via commercial airline).
Flag City Honor Flight serves all Veterans in the surrounding communities.
We have wheelchairs and will ensure all Veterans are comfortable.
Flag City Honor Flight works closely with other hubs, providing the vital opportunity for our Veterans to embark on an Honor Flight. Such veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to Washington D.C. as part of our Southwest 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 Southwest TLC Program. Please email our Flight Director, Deb Wickerham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Veteran is any person who has served in the military.
Flag City Honor Flight serves all branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.
Flag City Honor Flight does not compete with other hubs, rather we co-operate to reach the common goal.
No. At the present time, there are over 16,000 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. Hundreds of 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.
Sadly, the answer is "no". Again, we simply do not have the resources, funding, or seating available to transport all the veterans who are presently on our national waiting list. Adding spouses and widows simply isn't an option for our program at this time.
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.
WHEELCHAIRS -- About 50% 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.
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 may 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 (513)400-3243 to discuss arrangements.
Costs and Funding
Veterans pay nothing, zero, nada. Their journey is made possible by donations and funds raised by Flag City Honor Flight.
You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.
Flag City Honor Flight is NOT a Federal or State program. We are fully staffed by volunteers, 100% non-profit, fully funded by public legal fundraisers and donations.
Flag City Honor Flight is fully funded by donations only and greatly appreciate the support. Please notify Flag City Honor Flight in advance so we can include your event on our calendar of events plus avoid any conflict of interests.
All donations go into a general fund for Flag City Honor Flight.
Honor Flight Network gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT World War II Veterans who have not benefited from the experience of an Honor Flight Tour. We feel that these veterans have given enough. This is our way of saying "Thank You"!
Guardians and Volunteers
Not all Veterans are in wheelchairs, Guardians are the companions of the Veterans for the day: holding their arms, helping with a step, giving a hug, listening to a story, or just sharing a smile.
Guardians need not be medically trained, but must have the welfare of the Veteran as priority. Past Guardians are from different walks of life, active military personnel, teachers, insurance agents, RNs, mothers, etc.
We can try to accommodate your request depending on availability of seats, but all Veterans receive the same special treatment.
Only under certain limited circumstances. Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the Veterans. Who will or will not serve as a Guardian, and how many Guardians will be needed, is the sole responsibility of the Hub 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 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 Hub Director.