Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A: There is no cost to veterans. If you drive yourself, you will need to pay for parking. Honor Flight Columbus is not able to pay for overnight accomodations.
Q: How are you funded?
A: Honor Flight Columbus is by donations from individuals, civic, fraternal and social clubs, and businesses in
Q: Can I make a donation to Honor Flight?
A: Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT World War II veterans who have not traveled with us. World War II veterans have given enough: this is our way of saying "Thank You"! Once a veteran has traveled with Honor Flight, he or she can make a donation so that other vets can go, but it is not a requirement.
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A: 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.
Q: Are terminally ill World War II veterans given any special priority?
A: YES! Such veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to
Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves. There are more veterans than seats. Many World War II veterans have passed away while patiently waiting their turn. Hundreds more will not live long enough to visit their memorial. We must limit our trips to veterans.
Q: I am the widow of a World War II veteran. Can I go?
A: We simply do not have the resources, funding, or seating available to transport all the World War II veterans who are presently on our waiting list. Adding spouses and widows simply isn't an option for our program at this time.
Q: Can my son, daughter, grandson, or other family member go as a guardian?
A: Each of our guardians has had special training and many of them have taken several trips. We do this to help ensure the safety of our veterans. Each guardian has multiple duties. Most importantly, guardians look after the needs and safety of his or her veteran(s) and completes assigned duties to see that the flight and tour bus activities are performed safely and in a timely manner. A limited number of family members are selected to be part of the guardian team. To be considered, a family member must apply to be a guardian, meet the various requirements, and if selected take the training. 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:
Q: What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
A: WHEELCHAIRS -- About 60% of the veterans use wheelchairs. The motor coaches used in
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 will 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. 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 make that known on the flight application.
Our goal is to honor as many of these selfless “ordinary people who saved the world” as we can by providing them with no-cost, escorted trips to their memorial in