Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: No. The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are Veterans themselves.
Q: I am the widow of a Veteran. Can I go?
A: Sadly, 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 our program.
Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A: The cost is FREE for all 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. 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.
Q: Can I make a donation to Honor Flight Dayton?
A: Honor Flight Dayton gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT World War II Veterans who have not been on an Honor Flight trip. We feel that these 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.” Within the applicants, top priority is currently given to World War II veterans and all other Veterans with terminal illness. Our second priority is to Korean War Veterans.
Q: How are you funded?
A: Sadly, despite our best attempts, Honor Flight Dayton receives no Local, State or National government sponsorship. Our funding comes from individuals who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of Veterans and want them to see their memorial before it is too late. Other contributors have been fraternal organizations like local American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, as well as various corporations on a local level.
Q: What if the Veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
A: WHEELCHAIRS — Honor Flight Dayton provide all wheelchairs necessary for the Veterans. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered with wheelchair lifts. 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. If necessary, Honor Flight Dayton will provide an oxygen concentrator for use during the flight. We will also provide oxygen cylinders to be used at the memorials. Veterans on oxygen must provide oxygen from their home to the Dayton airport and from the Dayton airport back to their homes. No oxygen cylinders are permitted on the aircraft. If a Veteran requires oxygen during the trip, please call us at (937) 322-4448 to discuss arrangements.
Q: Are terminally ill World War II Veterans given any special priority?
A: YES! Such Veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to Washington D.C. Not only are World War II Veterans given this top priority, but any terminally ill Veteran, who has never been able to visit their memorial, is given the same priority.