HONOR FLIGHTS 12 and 13 HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED - APRIL 30, 2014 AND MAY 28, 2014!

Both flights will depart from the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base and return to Fort Wayne International Airport.

FLIGHT #12 INFO (APRIL 30, 2014):

Flights from Fort Wayne utilize the Air National Guard Base for morning departure only.  Please utilize the entrance noted by the arrow in the map below; this is the main entrance, and not all mapping software has this correct!
 


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GUARDIANS WITHOUT VETERANS - please arrive at 5:30 AM.
 
VETERANS AND GUARDIANS WITH VETERANS - please arrive at 6 AM.
 
PHOTO ID IS NEEDED TO BOARD THE PLANE.
 
Flight departure is scheduled for 8 AM, with arrival at Reagan National Airport at 9:30 AM
 
Departure from Reagan National is scheduled for 8 PM, with arrival back in Fort Wayne at Fort Wayne International Airport's Main Terminal between 9 and 10 PM.  The return is open to the public!  Be sure to check our Facebook page for updates.
 
As always, the schedule is predictably unpredictable!
 

Flight #11 was an amazing success!  Please check our FACEBOOK page for past and current flight info, including pictures.
 
Flight #9 on May 8, 2013, and #10 on May 29, 2013, were resounding successes yet again!  It was truly an honor to honor our veterans once again!  Please visit our FACEBOOK page to see photos from the flights, and also visit WANE-TV's dedicated page to Honor Flight #9, with lots of videos, photos, and stories from their trip on the flight.  
 
Our flight on October 17, 2012 was another resounding success!  Thanks to everyone who had a part in making the day so special for our veterans!  Click HERE for local news coverage of the flight.

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

Guardian Information

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.

Freedom Is Not Free!

Donate in honor or memory of a veteran in your life, or just to say "Thank You" to those who paid the price!

You may donate online via PayPal by clicking the "Donate" button above, or mail your contributions to:

Honor Flight NEI
PO Box 5
Huntertown, IN 46748