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A very sincere wholehearted thank you to all who were involved in the WWII Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. I was well aware of the tremendous amount of preparation and work-hours that it took to bring this operation to a successful conclusion—and indeed it definitely was successful! I was overwhelmed with the entire trip especially with the time spent at the WWII memorial and getting to shake the hand of Senator Bob Dole who himself was a veteran of WWII. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to be a part of this Freedom Flight as I will be 90 years old July 8 of this year. The flight will be a memory I will always cherish and never forget! A very grateful WWII combat veteran.

Harry K., 24 May 2011


 

I want to thank you for allowing me to go on this Freedom Flight. I feel honored to be with other veterans. All of your time and work is most appreciated. I know I never talked about the war with anyone. It was hard but we made it. Keep our Freedom on the minds of children to keep it strong –Thank you again. May all your wishes come true, for you made my wish come true on May 24, 2011. Thank you.

It was an answer to my prayer and a life dream. I hope it will continue as time is running out for many veterans.

Paul J., 24 May 2011 Flight


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there medical supervision on the trip?

Yes, we have a medical personnel accompanying our trip.  We also try to have a qualified emergency technician as a guardian.

Can my wife (husband) go with me?

No, unfortunately.  The national Honor Flight Network does not allow spouses to accompany their veteran. The only spouses that are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves.

Can you describe the day of the trip?

Yes.  We travel by air out of DFW International Airport.   Each veteran has a guardian assigned to accompany him or her, with the solitary duties of assuring their enjoyment and safety.  A box breakfast is served on the plane.  Stops are scheduled at FDR Monument, Arlington Cemetery, the Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial and the National World War II Memorial.  As time permits, other stops including the Korean and Viet Nam Memorials and sightseeing by bus may be included.  A box lunch is served during the day.  A box dinner is served at the Washington airport for the return trip. If time allows, a visit is made to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD where veterans visit current wounded warriors in their hospital rooms.

How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?

For our veterans, the trip is FREE; there is no cost. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.

Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a guardian?

Generally, yes, if the person is a physically qualified adult.  Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the veterans. A normal ratio is no more than two veterans to a guardian.  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:

  • How many disabled veterans are scheduled to go?
  • 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 volunteers, staff of elder care facilities, active duty military personnel and veterans who have previously participated in a trip are given priority and serve as leadership members.  The applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of WWII Veterans are also a priority.  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.

Can I make a donation to Honor Flight?

Honor Flight Fort Worth gratefully accepts all monetary donations from anyone EXCEPT WWII Veterans as we believe our Vets have given enough. It costs $1000 to send a veteran to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight trip. To donate funds, please send a check, made out to HFFW, and mail to HFFW, P.O. Box 24191, Fort Worth, TX 76124, or visit the "Donations" page of our website (www.honorflight.org ).

How do you decide which veterans get to go?

Veterans are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Exceptions to this selection process are made by the Program Directors. Within the applicants, top priority is given to WWII Veterans and all other veterans with terminal illness. In the future, we will be opening the program to non-terminally ill Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans. 

HONOR FLIGHT FORT WORTH WILL INCLUDE ON OUR TRIPS ANY ELIGIBLE VETERAN IN AND AROUND THE NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS AREA AND OTHER PARTS OF TEXAS THAT CAN TRAVEL ON THEIR OWN TO AND FROM DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE SPECIFICALLY FROM THE FORT WORTH AREA.

When are the trips?

Schedules vary from year to year, but we generally we have 2-4 trips per year - in April, May, September and October.

What if there is no Honor Flight program in my state?

If a program does not exist in your part of the country, send an application to the National Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org ) and they will forward your application to the Honor Flight hub within 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. If you have been on our national waiting list for over 6 months, you will be eligible to participate in our Lone Eagles program. Please read the web page at www.honorflight.org concerning this special program.

How are you funded?

HFFW is part of the national Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org ). While we, along with the other 90 plus regional hubs, accept the national guidance and utilize their non-financial resources, we operate our program independently and entirely on donated funds from individuals, businesses and foundations that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of Veterans and want them to see their memorial before it is too late. As such, we hope you as an individual or any organization of which you are a member, would consider this project worthy of your financial support. To donate funds, please send a check, made out to HFFW to the address listed on our home page or visit the "Donations" page of our website (www.honorflightfortworth.org ). HFFW is 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

What if a veteran has already seen the National WWII Memorial?

We are unable to take veterans to see the WW II Memorial again.  We need to reserve the limited space and donated funds for veterans who have not seen the WW II Memorial.

What if a veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?

WHEELCHAIRS: If there is a possibility that a veteran may need a wheelchair during one of our trips, please be sure to include this information on the application form. HFFW will bring wheelchairs for veterans to use if required and veterans are encouraged to bring their own wheelchair. Please contact us at with any additional questions.

OXYGEN: If a veteran requires oxygen, a prescription for the oxygen must be provided by the veteran’s health care provider, identifying the delivery method (mask or nasal canola), frequency (as needed or continuously), and the rate of delivery (2-3 liters per minute). Veterans on oxygen are required to have oxygen cylinders available for use from their home to the airport, during the duration of the tour in Washington D.C., and from the airport back to their homes. If a veteran requires oxygen during the trip, please call us to discuss arrangements.

Are terminally ill veterans given any special priority?

YES! Any terminally ill veteran from any era who has never been able to visit his/her memorials are given top priority for the next HFFW trip to Washington, DC.

How can I start an HFN Hub in my part of the country?

Please call 937-521-2400 and ask to speak with Jim McLaughlin. He can also be reached via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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