Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the most common questions
These are the most frequently asked questions that veterans ask. Please contact us if your questions are not answered below.
Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: No. At the present time, we have over 200 WWII Veterans on our waiting list, and more applications arrive daily. It is doubtful that we will get to every deserving veteran in time. Several WWII Veterans have passed away while patiently waiting their turn. Dozens more will not live long enough to visit their precious memorial. The only spouses that are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves.
Q: I am the widow of a WWII Veteran. Can I go?
A: Sadly, the answer is "no". Again, we simply do not have the resources, funding, or seating available to transport all the WWII Veterans who are presently on our waiting list. Adding spouses and widows simply isn't an option for our program.
Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A: The cost is FREE for the WWII and terminally ill Veterans. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.
Q: Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a guardian?
A: Only under certain limited circumstances. Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the veterans. A normal ratio is 2 veterans to 1 guardian. Who will or will not serve as a guardian and how many guardians will be needed is the sole responsibility of the Guardian Program Director.
Q: How many disabled veterans are scheduled to go?
A: Of the disabled veterans going, how many will have to be physically carried on and off the bus?
Which guardian applicants are most qualified? Medically trained, active duty military personnel and veterans who have previously participated in a flight are given top priority and serve as leadership members. The applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of WWII Veterans are also a top priority. Once the director feels enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are then considered. Again, these decisions rest solely with the Guardian Program Director.
Q: Can I make a donation to Rocky Mountain Honor Flight? A: Rocky Mountain Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT WWII Veterans who are in line for a Rocky Mountain Honor Flight. We feel that WWII Veterans have given enough. This is our way of saying "Thank you
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A: Veterans are flown on a "first-come, first-served basis." By application, top priority is given to WWII Veterans and all other veterans with terminal illness. Our second priority is to Korean War Veterans and then Vietnam Veterans.
Q: What if there is no Honor Flight program in my state?
A: If a program does not exist in your part of the country, TURN IN AN APPLICATION ANYWAY to the national Honor Flight Network – to access that application, go to http://www.honorflight.org/ and click on "Applications". Once the application has been received, 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 Baton rouge, Louisiana. At this time (early 2010) there are no hubs in Louisiana. But there are Honor Flight hubs in Texas. Apply to the Honor Flight Network, and they will try to connect you with one of the hubs closest to you. You would be responsible for transportation to that hub city. Once there, Honor Flight would cover the cost of the trip from Washington DC and back again. If you have been on the national waiting list for over 6 months, you will be eligible to participate in the Lone Eagles program. Please read the national web page concerning this special program. (www.honorflight.org/loneeagle.htm)
Q: How are you funded?
A: Our funding comes primarily from individuals who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of Veterans and want them to see their memorial before it's too late. Other significant contributors have been fraternal organizations such as the American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, posts and chapters. Please see our "Sponsors" page for special thank-yous to major sponsors.
Q: What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
A: WHEELCHAIRS -- About 40% of the veterans we have been transporting have been in wheelchairs. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact. Many of our coaches are equipped with wheelchair lifts. If there is a possibility that a veteran may need a wheelchair during one of our trips, that is not a problem, as we furnish wheelchairs.
A: 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 (2-3 liters per minute). Rocky Mountain Honor Flight will provide an FAA approved oxygen concentrator for use during the trip. We also provide oxygen cylinders to be used while in Washington. Veterans on oxygen are required to have oxygen cylinders available from their home to the departure airport and also on the return from their local airport back to their homes. No oxygen cylinders are permitted to be used on the aircraft.
Q: Are terminally ill WWII Veterans given any special priority?
A: YES! Such veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to Washington DC as part of our TLC Program. Not only are WWII Veterans given this top priority, but any terminally ill Veteran, who has never been able to visit their memorial, are given the same priority under our TLC Program. For more information, please visit the Honor Flight Network Home Page.
Q: How can I start an HFN Hub in my part of the country?
A: I'm glad you asked! Please call the national Honor Flight Network at 937 521-2400 and ask to speak with the Founder of Honor Flight, Mr. Earl Morse. He can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who is in charge of the program?
A: 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. They also organize volunteers in Washington who help in various ways to support our visits to the city.