Q: Nothing is FREE!, What is the catch?
There is not catch, we promise. As a nation, our freedoms have been guaranteed by the devoted service and sacrifice of our veterans. This is our chance to finally say a proper 'Thank you' to our most treasured veterans. All veterans older than 65 years of age are now eligible to apply for a flight. Veterans travel for free - no kidding ! There is no charge for anything for veterans flying with Honor Flight Tri-State.
Q: Is there a new policyabout the age and war service of the veterans eligible?
Yes, when Honor Flight was started, we were limited to World War ll veterans and in 2014 we moved on to honor the Korean Veterans. We are still taking all World War ll and Korean veterans that are healthy enough to make the trip, but as of the 2015 flying season, we are going to be accepting applications from any veterans above the age of 65, All veterans qualify - you did have to serve in a war, we will not leave anyone behind ! A Vietnam veteran list is also being compiled, even though we will probably not be able to fly them for several years. Please apply and we can put you on the list now. Applications will be held over from year to year, you do not need to re apply every year.
Q: I am not a hero - those guys paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and they are not with today?
We understand your reluctance to be called a hero, but anyone that was drafted or volunteered to serve our country is eligible. We honor those that did not return on the Honor Flight Tour . We lay wreaths and have a ceremony at all of the War memorials - World War ll, Korean and Vietnam. We view the Changing of the Guard at Arlington and often are privileged to lay the wreath in a very touching ceremony sponsored by the Old Guard, protectors of the Tomb. Please join us to honor those that did not return as well as those of you that did. You are all heroes in our eyes !
Q: Will a health issue prevent a vet from flying?
Veterans must be able to navigate the steps of a bus (up and down 6 tour bus steps - 14 times on tour day), be able to go down the isle of a commercial aircraft and be able to be on their own (with a guardian of course) for an 18 our day. We are mobile all day. Veterans needing oxygen must state so on the application and our medical director will call you to work out the details. Any veterans that use canes or walkers will be considered and we will supply them with a wheelchair to tour the monuments. No motorized wheelchairs can be accommodated. All veterans must have a Form #2 medical form filled out and reviewed by our staff. The medical director has the final OK on who will fly. All medical conditions will be considered. Form #2 will be sent to you when your name comes to the top of the waiting list.
Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
The cost is FREE for everything (unless otherwise specified below). You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.
Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
NO. Honor Flight Tri-State is a member of the National Honor Flight network and the network has a policy of not flying spouses of veterans unless they too were military veterans. Family members (e.g. children, etc.) may go with a veteran, but they must pay the guardian fee and fill out an application at the same time as the veteran . All trips for the veteran are absolutely FREE ! All guardians , either solo or with a family member must pay the guardian fee.
Q: Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a guardian?
Yes, but they must fill out and apply online on this website. 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:
a. How many disabled veterans are scheduled to go?
b. Which guardian applicants are most qualified? Medically trained, active duty military personnel and previous guardians are given top priority and serve as leadership members. Once the director feels enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are then considered. Again, these decisions rest solely with the Program Director.
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
To begin the process - Veterans apply on line on this website. You can either fill out the information on line and submit or download the pdf, print it off , fill it out and mail to the Honor Flight Tri-State Headquarters , 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249
• All veterans must be able to climb 6 steps of a bus (our means of transportation in Washington DC) off and on the bus 14 times during the trip day
• Veterans cannot be wheelchair bound.
• Veterans must be able to walk down the aisle of an airplane.
• Wheelchairs are available for long distances at the memorials after disembarking from the tour bus
• Veterans can be considered if they are Oxygen dependent - the medical team will work with all oxygen dependent veterans
• Guardians wishing to accompany a specific veteran, please apply either on-line back-to-back or download and mail the applications together. All other guardians apply individually and we will match you to a deserving veteran. Both family and solo guardians will be expected to pay the guardian fee ($440.00) and to attend a guardian meeting a week before your assigned flight. All guardians must be between the ages of 18-67. All guardians over the age of 65 will be required to complete an additional medical form.
• After the initial application is received - you will be put on our waiting list. World War ll Veterans will be given top priority followed by Korean Veterans at this time. The veterans are qualified in order of application date.
• The next step - When your name comes to the top of the waiting list, the calling team and schedulers will call you . Then you will be mailed our Medical Form #2. This form will have to be completed by your physician and returned to the schedulers within two weeks. When the form is received you and your guardian will be called to see if you are available on the flight date being scheduled.
• All decisions on who flies when will be under the supervision of the Calling Team.
Q: How are the veterans screened?
After an initial veteran application is filled out -- a return medical form will be sent back to the veteran. This form will help the Honor Flight staff ascertain if the veteran is in good enough health to take the trip. All veterans will then be asked to have their doctor review the form and sign the bottom to verify that all of the veterans conditions are mentioned and the physician thinks that his patient / veteran is healthy enough for the trip. All of the screening is not to intentionally eliminate any veteran, but only to insure their safety on the trip. Our first and primary goal is the health and welfare of each and every veteran.
Q: Who is in charge of the program?
Throughout the United States there are several programs that operate in conjunction with Honor Flight. The individual program directors are part of a partnership called the Honor Flight Network. This governing body establishes general protocols, policies, credentialing, and maintains a national website and oversight of several programs. The Honor Flight Tri-State organization is based out of Cincinnati,OH.
Q: What if there is no Honor Flight program in my state?
If a program does not exist in your part of the country, you will be invited to participate on a flight in your general region of the country. You will be responsible for obtaining travel to and from that region. Example: You live in Minneapolis Minnesota. Once a seat becomes available for you on a flight out of Fargo North Dakota, you would be responsible for getting to and from Fargo. Once there, Honor Flight would cover the cost of the trip from Fargo, to DC and back again.
Q: How are you funded?
Honor Flight receives no government grants and all monies raised go directly to fly the veterans . We are an all Volunteer program with no paid staff Our funding comes from small and large donations from individuals across the country that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of these veterans and want to help them see their memorials before it is too late ! Our donors also include corporations, foundations, fraternal organizations and veterans organizations. Donations may be made directly to our Headquarters in Cincinnati, or through a PayPal account. See the information on the front page of the website for contribution information.
Q: How can I make a donation to Honor Flight?
Anyone can make a donation. All donations are tax deductible under the 501(3)c designation from the IRS, please use the 'Contribute' tab on the home page.
Q: How can I find out information on the next flight or Welcome Home celebration?
The Welcome Home celebration is open to the public and takes place in the Terminal (the old Delta Terminal that used to be called Terminal #3) on the lower level - Meet and Greet area. The plane arrives at CVG about 10:15pm but many greeters arrive earlier to renew acquaintances and be part of the pre- party fun. Park in short term parking and come across the bridge to the terminal and come down the stairs. It takes the Honor Flight staff a few minutes to get all of the veterans off of the plane, and we wait for everyone to come out of the tunnel together so no one missed this special part of the trip.
Q: How can I contact Honor Flight Tri State?
Call the Hot Line 513-277-9626
or email us by CLICKING HERE
or on the 'Contact Us'
navigation link to the top left of this page.