“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."
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.
Beginning in April of 2017, all Vietnam era veterans who apply will be included on regular flights. Applications are available at the Veterans Application tab above. Please note that a copy of the veteran's 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 5,000 World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans on this trip of celebration and reflection.