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Vietnam Era Veterans Are Now Honor Flight Columbus Senior Veterans

Having provided thousands of World War II and Korean War veterans with a day of celebration, Honor Flight Columbus is seeking applications from those who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War years.  That time period is February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975.

The first flight of this transition into a new era of heroes will be for Purple Heart recipients on October 22.  This is the last flight for 2016. Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal should apply soon for this one-day trip to Washington, D.C.  It will be filled in order of receipt of applications.

Beginning in April of 2017, all Vietnam era veterans who apply will be included on regular flights. Applications are available at the Veterans Applications tab above.  Please note that a copy of the veterans DD-214 must accompany the completed application.

“The mission of our many volunteers is to honor our senior veterans with a trip to the nation’s capital to visit their war memorials at no cost to them,” said Jim Downing, Honor Flight Columbus president.  Since 2007, we have taken more than 4,400 World War II and Korean Veterans on this trip of celebration and reflection.

“It is our goal to transition veterans of wars by the sequence of the conflicts. Accordingly, WWII veterans will continue to have top priority, with Korean veterans next, followed by Vietnam veterans as we schedule flights. In addition, we put terminally ill veterans from any era at the head of the line,” Downing explained.

“Thanks to the generosity and support of individual donors, companies and civic organizations who sponsor flights, we can again fly about 500 senior veterans next year,” said Downing.  “The sooner we get an application, the sooner the veteran can enjoy the trip to see the monuments. Our goal is to honor as many of these selfless men and women as we can."





Honor Flight Columbus is looking for a few good women veterans
- about 80 of them - for the first all-women veterans’ flight from Columbus. The one-day trip to Washington, D.C. is free to the veterans as a thank you for their service and is an opportunity to “Honor, Share, and Celebrate” their contributions. The flight is on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from Port Columbus.

The All Women Veterans’ Flight will honor our nation’s senior veterans - WWII, Korea and Vietnam - and is made possible by the generous efforts of the Westerville for Honor Flight Committee.  Applications are available at www.HonorFlightColumbus.org - click on “Veteran Application” or call the HFCols office at 614-284-4987.

Application deadline for this special flight is Monday, July 11, 2016 and the applications will be processed in the order received. Selected veterans will be notified by July 30. Applications by non-WWII and Korean veterans are not guaranteed to be selected on this or future flights.

 Contact: Bill and Bobbi Richards

               Honor Flight Columbus

               614-284-4987 or 614-595-7718

               HonorFlightColumbus1@gmail.com

               www.HonorFlightColumbus.org

 

 

Senior Veterans needed for 2016 Honor Flights.

HFC Recruiting Senior Veterans for 2016 celebration tours.  Your help needed.

Honor Flight Columbus has seats available in 2016 for World War II and Korean War veterans to fly to Washington, D.C. and enjoy a day of honor, celebration and sharing. 

“We know there are still many Senior Veterans who haven’t sent in applications so that we can get them on this one-day, escorted trip,” said Jim Downing, president of the organization.

“The trip is free to veterans of these two wars. They are cared for by experienced guardians, and we can overcome many physical disabilities.” 

Honor Flight Columbus has seven trips planned for 2016, beginning in early April.  They travel on chartered Southwest Airlines 737 aircraft and in modern motor coaches when in Washington. 

“Thanks to the generosity and support of individual donors, companies and civic organizations who sponsored flights to Washington, we can again fly about 500 senior veterans this year,” said Downing.  “The sooner we get an application, the sooner the veteran can enjoy the travel to see the monuments."  Get applications from tab at left.    

At the end of flying season 2015,
4,148 Senior Veterans have had a day of Honor in Washington D.C. with Honor Flight Columbus since the program began. 2016 should add about 500 to that number. Let's get more World War II and Korean War veterans signed up so we can take them on a one-day guided trip to see the memorials and monuments built to recognize their fight for Liberty and Freedom.

Honor Flight Columbus recognizes and celebrates World War II and Korean War veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to their important service at no cost to them.  We are volunteers who work year around to celebrate America's Senior Veterans.
 



Honor Flight Columbus accepts applications from America’s Senior Veterans:  Currently, these are the men and women who served during WWII and Korean War years. In addition, we put terminally ill veterans from any era at the head of the line. We are now accepting Vietnam War veterans for regular flights which will begin in Spring 2017

Accordingly, WWII veterans will continue to have top priority, with Korean veterans now comprising the majority of each flight. We call the Korean veterans on the waiting list for their flight in the order that we receive their applications.

It is our goal to transition veterans of wars by the sequence of the conflicts as long as donations from the public continue.



Get your application into us soon to fly in 2017 for Vietnam veterans. 

Take the Free One-Day tour. 

Veterans are provided this tour-of-honor experience as a token of our gratitude and respect for their service to our country.

Click Here to see a short video of a typical trip. All flights are made on commercial airliners.

The World War II Memorial was dedicated in May 2004 and the Korean War memorial was dedicated in July 1995.  They are long overdue tributes to the men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom, and a memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Regrettably, many of these aging vets have been unable to visit their memorial in a conventional way on their own due to lack of funds or travel impediments.
Through volunteer guardians who pay their own way, we overcome many of the problems and escort them on this “trip of a lifetime.” These all-expense-paid, one-day trips to the nation’s capital occur April – October as donations permit.  
 





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Honor Flight Columbus is not affiliated with HonorFlights.com or HonorFlight.com, which charge veterans a fee for to participate. Honor Flight Columbus never charges a vet!

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