Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A: There is no cost to the Veterans once they have arrived at the airport. Honor Flight Columbus does not pay for parking or overnight accommodations.
Q: How are you funded?
A: Honor Flight Columbus is funded by donations from grateful Americans, civic, fraternal, and social clubs, schools, foundations, and businesses in Central Ohio who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of Veterans and want them to see their memorial before it's too late. Students from schools all over central Ohio have held fundraisers, are significant contributors and volunteers.
Q: Can I make a donation to Honor Flight?
A: Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from anyone, EXCEPT Veterans who have not yet traveled with us. Veterans have given enough: an Honor Flight is a gift, a small token of appreciation is our community's 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. We do not solicit Veterans for contributions, ever.
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A: Honor Flight Columbus accepts applications from America’s Senior Veterans: Currently, these are the men and women who served during WWII, Korean War and Vietnam years. For scheduling, top priority is given to WWII and Korean War veterans, and any Veteran with a terminal illness. Vietnam Veterans are placed on a waitlist and are being scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
It is our goal to transition veterans of wars by the sequence of the conflicts as long as there is public support.
Q: I am a Vietnam era Veteran, when will I be selected to go on my Honor Flight?
A: We are currently booking Vietnam Veterans whose applications were received in the Summer and Fall of 2017. It is difficult to predict future flights due to scheduling, funding, and WWII and Korean War Veteran applications received. If you have any questions please call or email us for more information.
Q: Are terminally ill veterans given any special priority?
A: YES! Veterans with a terminal medical diagnosis will be booked on the first available seat on an upcoming Honor Flight Columbus flight as part of our TLC Program. Please call us for more information.
Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: Sorry, no. The only spouses permitted to go are those who are qualifying Veterans themselves. In fact, under only very limited circumstances may any family member go as their Veteran's Guardian.
Q: I am the widow of a World War II veteran. Can I go?
A: We do not have the resources, funding, or seating available to transport all the Veterans who are presently on our waiting list. Adding spouses and widows simply isn't an option for our program.
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. Most importantly, guardians look after the needs and safety of his or her Veteran(s) and completes assigned duties and tasks to see that the flight and tour bus activities are performed in a safe and in a timely manner.
Who will or will not serve as a guardian, and how many guardians will be needed, is the sole responsibility of the Honor Flight Columbus Guardian Coordinator. That decision is based upon many factors, such as:
Which guardian applicants are most qualified? Veterans, medically trained (doctors, paramedics, nurses), active duty military personnel, and others who have previously performed on a past flight are given priority and serve as leadership members.
Only under certain limited medical circumstances will a family member be selected as a guardian, for example, severe dementia. A member of our medical team will need to consult with the veteran's primary care physician. In addition, the family guardian must meet the various requirements, and attend and participate in the Honor Flight Columbus Guardian training program.
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 Washington are equipped with wheelchair lifts. If there is a possibility that a veteran may need a wheelchair during one of our trips, we ask that the veteran make that known on their application. A vet needs to be able to walk comfortably at least 100 yards between rests. For those veterans who are not able to walk comfortably at least 100 yards between resting times, we supply wheelchairs and people to push them. No motorized scooters or chairs are allowed.
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 (liters per minute). Honor Flight will provide an FAA-approved portable 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 as needed. Veterans on oxygen are required to make arrangements to have oxygen available from their home to the drop off point at John Glenn International Airport as well as on the return from their Honor Flight back to their homes. Oxygen cylinders are not permitted to be used on the aircraft. If the veteran requires oxygen during the trip, please make that known on the flight application.
For the latest fact sheet, click here.
For a video about the founding of Honor Flight, click here.
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 Washington, D.C.