River Valley Heritage Elementary

Marion, Ohio

After the flight, the class will receive a special “Sponsor a Vet” Honor Flight Columbus certificate, along with photo of the veteran.

After the flight, the school/class/non-profit group would be encouraged to invite the veteran to an event to have the veteran share with everyone their day of honor.


Project/Program Goals

Honor Flight Columbus has heard many times of schools or classrooms that want to help our group and have a more personal relationship with a veteran. As our senior veterans are living history, what better way to learn about military service and these historical conflicts then to have somebody that was there!

We believe our youth need to develop a passion for patriotism and an understanding of the service all of our Veterans have done for our country. It takes a community to raise a child. And it takes many communities, schools, and individuals to help keep this wonderful program going into the future. Will you help?

Contact us here:                                                                       Download the 2019 Sponsor A Vet Flyer Here
Honor Flight Columbus
P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-284-4987
Email: sponsoravet@honorflightcolumbus.org

The Honor Flight Columbus Sponsor a Vet program is designed to benefit our Veterans, schools, and non-profit groups. It encourages engagement by requiring fund raising by the classroom or school. In exchange the group receives the opportunity to connect personally with a senior veteran and learn about their experience on Honor Flight, and in life.

Honor Flight Columbus operates solely on public donations. While there is never a charge to the veteran, the cost to charter a jet, buses, and operate a mission is about $70,000. Honor Flight Columbus takes 100 Veterans on each mission.

Project/Program Description

For a minimum $500.00 donation to Honor Flight Columbus, a school/class can sponsor a local veteran to participate in an Honor Flight. After the donation is raised, the goal is to have a local veteran who is already scheduled for their Honor Flight, accompanied by an Honor Flight Columbus volunteer to meet and talk to the students after the flight.

“Sponsor a Vet” Program

In addition:

The class will be encouraged to write individual special letters to their veteran before their trip. These letters are given to the veterans on the trip during "mail call." Many veterans say reading the letters from the kids is the best part of their special day. 


The class can also follow their veteran’s trip during the day with social media updates from the veteran’s assigned guardian.

The school/class would be invited to participate in the special “Homecoming” we give the vets when they return from Washington, D.C. in the evening.

River Valley Heritage Elementary is the first school in Central Ohio to participate in the Sponsor a Veteran program. Heritage has raised enough money to sponsor three veterans.


Gerald Blue (back row, second from right) will take the trip in June. He is shown here with members of the Student Welcoming Committee, Don Wilson (WWII veteran and Honor Flight Columbus representative) and Jill Shore (first-grade teacher at the school).


See this Marion Star article for more information.

Read about how Teays Valley West Middle School students sponsored one veteran in 2017 with plans for more in 2018.