Guardians are essential to the success of Flag City Honor Flight. Without these volunteers we would not be able to carry out the dreams of so many Veterans, enabling them to see the memorials built in their honor.
Typically during our trips, we divide the Veterans into groups of eight and assign three Guardians to each group. Even before the Veterans arrive at the airport, the Guardian's responsibilities begin with flight preparation and going over their packets of material. Once the Veterans start to arrive, Guardians will ensure boarding passes and IDs are available, distribute t-shirts, get the Veterans through security and to the gate, assist in boarding, etc. Guardians are responsible for physically assisting Veterans prior to the flight and during the visit to the memorials.
All Guardians must be in good health, and able to do the following:
- Lift 50 lbs.
- Push 200 lbs.
- Transfer Veterans in and out of wheelchairs/seats
- Lift a wheelchair
- Push/pull a wheelchair long distances (the equivalence of 10-15 miles)
- Bend over to tie shoes, or pick up items for Veterans
- Multi-task in order to assist two Veterans if asked
Flag City Honor Flight will attempt to match Veterans with Guardians with comparable heights/weights to ensure optimal safety.
Guardians cannot be a spouse or significant other, unless they provide trained/specialized medical care for the Veteran.
For safety reasons, Guardians have to be at least 18 years old and not more than 65 years old.
Guardians may not consume alcohol the day of the flight.
All Guardians must attend Guardian training, which is scheduled on the Sunday before the flight.
Anyone who meets these requirements may apply. There is NO guarantee on selection of Guardians for the flight. Family Guardians must also meet these requirements, but there is still NO guarantee.
Any family member/friend of the Veteran MUST include their Guardian application with their Veteran's application.
The flight, bus tour and meals will be provided FREE to the Veteran, but as a Guardian, we ask a tax-deductible $400.00 donation after your application is approved.
How to Applyas a Guardian
Application Form +
Click the "Apply" button to download the form.
Save it to your computer.
Fill out the form digitally, or print it out and scan the completed form back into the computer.
Email the completed form and any supplementary material to firstname.lastname@example.org