is Honor Flight?
- National organization
(Honor Flight Network)
dedicated to transporting all US military veterans to Washington, DC to
see their respective war memorial at no cost to the vet
is Villages Honor Flight?
- the local hub of
Honor Flight Network serving Lake, Sumter and Southern Marion Counties
can go (vet)?
- any US veteran who
served on ACTIVE DUTY at any time during any war and has not already
been to Washington, DC to see his/her memorial:
||December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946
||June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
||February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
||August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
||December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
||Gulf War/War on Terrorism:
||August 2, 1990 Present
- Preference will be given to WWII vets and any terminally ill vets
- Vets pay absolutely nothing for the entire trip including transportation, food, etc
Who can go (guardian)?
- Guardians assist
veterans during the day helping them during assembly at the local
airport, while on the flight, while in the DC area, on the return flight
and for homecoming at the local airport.
- Guardians can be any
able-bodied man or woman who wants to make a difference.
- There is a guardian
screening process (we need to make sure that the applicant can do the
- Guardians are asked to
make a donation of $400 for the privilege of going on the flight and
helping the veterans.
- For more on
Guardians, click here
Can wives go?
only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are Veterans
I am the widow/widower
of a vet. Can I go?
the answer is no. We simply 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 is not an option for
Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc.
go as a guardian??
under certain limited circumstances. Our TOP priority is the safe
travel of ALL the Veterans. Who will or will not serve as a
guardian, and how many guardians will be needed, is the sole
responsibility of the Hub Director. That decision is based upon many
factors, such as:
How many disabled Veterans are scheduled to go?
Of the disabled Veterans going, how many will have to be physically
assisted getting on and off the bus?
Which guardian applicants are most qualified? Medically trained,
active duty military personnel and guardians who have previously
participated in a flight are given top priority and serve as
leadership members. Applicants physically capable of assisting in
the lifting of Veterans are a top priority. Once the director feels
enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are
then considered. These decisions are made by the Hub Director.
How do I get on the List?
- go to the
Applications page and download the Vet or
or Volunteer application. Fill it out and mail it to Villages Honor Flight as
per the instructions at the bottom of the form.
- When we receive your
application, we will review it and call you to confirm our receipt of
the application. If we have any questions, we will ask you about then
during the call
Will I go on the next flight?
- That depends on when
your application was received. We operate on a first come, first
served basis; terminally ill vets go to the top of the list. For
vets, all the flights for 2013 are full; for guardians, there are still
a few openings on the 2013 flights in Oct and Nov
We presently have over 150 vets on the waiting list and we expect that each flight
will take 25 vets to Washington.
I have heard about "Valor Flight", what is that?
Valor Flight is an organization in Alabama dedicated to flying all Korean War vets in
the Tennessee Valley Area to see their memorial in Washington, DC
Are there other Honor Flight chapters in Florida?
Yes, there are several Honor Flight chapters in Florida. You
should apply to the closest chapter because that makes everything a lot
easier. Click here to see a list of Honor
Flight Chapters in Florida.
What is the difference between an escort and a guardian?
There is no difference. Both refer to the person who escorts and
assists the veteran(s) during the flight. We used "escort"
initially. We switched to "Guardian" because that is the term
used by most of the Honor Flight chapters and the National
What is the Flags Of Our Heroes Program?
This is a program to remember those vets who have passed away For
more information, click here.
What is the difference between a Mission and a Flight?
The actual Flight (to DC) is one element of the overall Mission which
consists of all activities and events leading up to and after the
Flight. The Flight is a one day event. The Mission starts
with the first preflight meeting 6 weeks before the Flight and ends with
the Reunion which could be several months after the Flight.
15. What are these "preflight meetings?
- The prelfight
meetings help everyone prepare for the actual flight. They are
very important. Click here for
16. How do I Get on the Mailing List for periodic information?
- Villages Honor Flight
publishes a monthly newsletter. Click here