With 11 flights behind us, we are again preparing for our next flight - but we cannot do it without your support! Please use the "Donate" button at right, or send your contribution to the address at right, to lend your support towards honoring our veterans! If you would like to volunteer your time, please use the "Contact" link at the top of the page.
Veteran Flight Information
If you are a Veteran of the military of the United States of America, esp. WWII, and have not had the opportunity to visit your Memorial, please submit your application if you would like to join other veterans on a flight to Washington, DC.
Please download the following application for submission: Veteran Application (revised Dec 2012)
Please return applications by mail to the following address:
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana
PO Box 5
Huntertown, IN 46748
Volunteer "guardians" play a special role in each Honor Flight. Guardians are critical to the success of each flight. Their financial contribution helps pay for the flight, and their contribution of time and attention helps keep the day safe and memorable for our heroes from this 'greatest generation' ! And....as in most cases.....those who volunteer usually come back knowing they received more than they gave. It is a memorable day for all.
The following is general information about the 'guardian' role and selection process, in response to frequently asked questions.
- Our TOP priority is the safety and comfort of ALL of our veteran honorees. Who will or will not serve as a guardian, and how many guardians will be needed, is the sole responsibility of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana ("HFNEI"). 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, based on the needs of the veterans going, esp. the medical and physical needs? Againg, these decisions rest solely with HFNEI.
- Guardians accompany our veteran honorees for the privilege of saying 'thank you for my freedom' in a personal way. Guardians are not tourists just along for the ride, they are there to work and to serve heroes, whether it is pushing a wheelchair, lending an ear, taking pictures, loading wheelchairs onto the bus, or simply making sure each guest has water, snacks, meals, etc.
- Guardians generally are responsible for serving 1 veteran throughout the day, but may be responsible for up to 3 veterans, depending on the needs of the veteran(s).
- Veterans who may need specific assistance will have one specific guardian assigned solely to them throughout the day.
- Guardians must be able to walk an estimated 4 miles throughout the day, and have the ability to push a wheelchair all or most of the day. The guardian should also be able to lift the veteran, should a veteran have an emergency requiring lifting.
- Guardians receive safety training and trip information at mandatory pre-flight sessions.
- Guardians are selected according to the needs of the traveling WWII veterans. Guardians can be family members, especially if a veteran needs 1 to 1 assistance during the day. However, the needs and requirements of each veteran are heavily considered when assigning a guardian, and HFNEI maintains the right to make the ultimate decision regarding the guardian. If a family member is chosen, they must be next generation or beyond and capable of meeting the needs of the veteran.
- We cannot take a WWII veteran's spouse on the trip unless that person is also a WWII veteran.
- We cannot take a WWII veteran's spouse as a guardian.
- Veterans are NOT responsible for recruiting their guardians. We maintain a list of volunteers who have applied for this honor. Veterans may request specific guardians, but the needs and requirements of each veteran are heavily considered when assigning a guardian. HFNEI maintains the right to make the ultimate decision regarding the guardian.
- Special note to families: Family members who wish to accompany their parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, etc. should submit an application NOW and indicate who they wish to accompany. Once a flight is scheduled and veterans are confirmed, we start assigning guardians from our list of volunteers. We choose guardians according to the needs of the veterans. We will not 'bump' a confirmed guardian in response to a later application from a friend or family member. By this time, these volunteers have already arranged for time off work and committed themselves to the day.
- Getting WWII veterans to their memorial in as safe a manner as possible is priority #1. While veterans are typically selected according to date of application, that is not the case with guardians. We have a lot of details to consider when selecting guardians. We also try to select a few 'repeat' guardians on each flight to add experience, which is another safety factor. If you have applied and have not yet had the opportunity to fly, please be patient. Feel free to call or email if you want to confirm that your application was received.
We have been fortunate to have such a great response to requests for Guardians. If you are interested, we need your help! We are taking large planes now and need more Guardians per flight. Please submit your application today! You can download the application by clicking the following link: Guardian Application (revised Dec 2012)
Guardians are required to make a contribution to help cover their own expenses. For the next flight, the required contribution is $400. This price may continue to rise as airline prices rise.