Frequently Asked Questions
Can my spouse go with me?
The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves. We do not have the resources, funding, or seating available to transport all the veterans who are presently on our waiting list. Adding spouses simply isn't an option for our program.
I am the widow of a veteran. Can I go?
Sadly, the answer is "no". Again, we 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 isn't an option for our program.
How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
The cost is FREE for all Veterans. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.
Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a Guardian?
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 veterans 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 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 Hub Director.
Can I make a donation to Honor Flight Bay Area?
Honor Flight Bay Area gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT World War II Veterans who have not benefited from the experience of an Honor Flight Tour. We feel that these veterans have given enough. This is our way of saying "Thank You"! For more information, click on the DONATE button on the upper left side of this page.
How do you decide which veterans get to go?
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 and then Vietnam War veterans.
What if I live outside the San Francisco Bay Area?
In order to find your local Honor Flight hub, click on the regional hubs link in the national honor flight website, www.honorflight.org. Scroll down and click on the state in which the veteran lives and click on the nearest hub. The national web site also includes information on the the Lone Eagles program to serve those that are not within 150 miles of a regional hub.
How are you funded?
Funding for Honor Flight hubs 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 like local American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, posts and chapters, as well as various corporations on a local level. For more information, click on the DONATE button on the upper left side of this page.
What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
WHEELCHAIRS -- About 50% of the veterans we have transported over the past three years were in wheelchairs. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact. Many of our coaches are equipped 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 (2-3 liters per minute). Honor Flight Network may provide an FAA-approved oxygen concentrator for use during the trip if local oxygen equipment is not available. We also provide oxygen cylinders to be used at the memorials. If an overnight stay in the D.C. area is required, we will provide an overnight concentrator for use in the hotel room. 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. If the veteran requires oxygen during the trip, please call us to discuss arrangements.
Are terminally ill World War II veterans given any special priority?
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.