Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: No. Spouses of veterans do not go on trips unless the spouse is also a veteran. This is the National Honor Flight policy. We simply do not have the resources or available space to include and care for non-veteran spouses during these trips. Any seat not filled by a veteran is filled by the guardian volunteer who, for the veteran's safety, assists the veteran with handling luggage, wheelchairs, and any other need the veteran may have.
Q: I am the widow of a veteran, can I go?
A: Sadly, the answer is “no”. Again, we simply do not have the resources or seating available to transport all the veterans who are presently on our Arizona waiting list. Adding spouses and widows to our trips is not allowable under our policies.
Q: How much money does it cost? How much cash do I need to bring?
A: There is no cost for veterans. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.
Q: How much money does it cost to go as a guardian?
A: The current cost is $1000.00 to the guardian. This price includes round trip airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation to all the memorials.
Q: Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a guardian?
A: Yes. However, there are guidelines for being considered - see Guardians for more details. Selection of guardians and how many guardians will be needed, is the sole responsibility of the Hub Coordinator. That decision is based upon many factors, such as:
- The number of disabled veterans scheduled to go.
- The number of vets that will need physical assistance in getting around.
- The guardian applicants who are most qualified: Medically trained, veterans, active duty military personnel and volunteers who have previously participated in a flight are given top priority and serve as leadership members. The applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of veterans are also a top priority.
- The number of seats we have available on the bus.
Q: Can I make a donation to Honor Flight Southern Arizona?
A: Yes. Honor Flight Southern Arizona gratefully accepts all donations! However, no WWII veteran may make a donation to Honor Flight prior to his or her trip. Veterans cannot pay for themselves. This is our way of saying “Thank You”!
Q: How are you funded?
A: Honor Flight Southern Arizona receives no national or government assistance. 100% of our funding comes from private donations - individuals, community groups, and organizations who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of our war veterans and who understand our veterans' wanting to see their memorial before it is too late to travel. Significant contributors are fraternal organizations like the local chapters and posts of the American Legion, VFW, Lions, Elks, and various Rotary clubs in southern Arizona. They play a very big part of our fundraising.
Q: Are Honor Flight Arizona and Honor Flight Southern Arizona the same?
A: The Arizona and Southern Arizona hubs are two separate entities. Each hub keeps its own waiting list and flies on its own schedule. Honor Flight SAZ primarily serves WWII veterans in Tucson and all of southern Arizona. Honor Flight AZ serves the central and northern part of the state. If you are unsure about which hub to apply to, please email email@example.com
Q: I am a Vietnam veteran. Can I go to on this trip as a veteran?
A: Unfortunately, not at this time. While other states may have begun flying Vietnam veterans, Honor Flight Southern AZ has not. Many states with smaller populations of veterans have taken all of their WWII and Korean vets to Washington, D.C. already. As Arizona is a retirement state with many WWII and Korean vets still residing here, we do not anticipate being able to expand our list in the foreseeable future. That being said, if you fit the health requirements of joining us as a guardian, we would love to have you! (Sadly, we cannot pay your way to do this.)
Q: What if a veteran is on oxygen or requires a wheelchair?
A: Due to the age of our veterans and the extensive walking required at many sites (including the airports), we supply wheelchairs to those that may need them. We also have many volunteers (guardians) available to help push them. Our buses are equipped with motorized wheelchair lifts, if needed.
Oxygen usage also does not automatically eliminate a veteran from joining us on our trips. Please let us know if you require oxygen as the requirements of the airlines have changed and some paperwork and special equipment is required to board an aircraft. We can also assist in making oxygen available while touring, and in your hotel room.
Q: I live in another state that does not have an Honor Flight hub. Can I come with you?
A: Sadly, no. Due to our large population of veterans here in Arizona, we are unable to expand our list to include veterans from other states at this time. Contact our national Honor Flight Network office and they will arrange to fly veterans from states without a hub.
Q: Can someone speak about Honor Flight at our business/organization?
A: Yes. We would be glad to furnish a speaker. Please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure you have a speaker at your event.