"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, it is the urge to serve others, at what ever cost"
- Arthur Ashe
Guardians play a significant role to ensure that every veteran has a safe and memorable experience. From the moment the veterans arrive at the airport, until we return them to their loved ones, guardians are asked to treat these hereos as if they were family and ensure every guardian has a safe and honoring experience.
Spouses may NOT serve as guardians. Guardians must be able-bodied and between the ages of 18 and 75. The primary responsibility of a guardian is the physical safety and security of one or more veterans – helping up and down steps, off buses, wheeling veterans up and down ramps in wheelchairs and physically handling equipment and baggage. This is a physical, working trip for all guardians. Guardians will be interviewed regarding their health status and physical abilities.
Guardian applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to flight. If you are requesting to accompany a family member, please submit your application at the same time as your veteran’s application. Guardians pay for their trip and will be on the same flight as the veteran. The cost per guardian has presently been set at $1000.00, and covers the expenses for your entire trip including airfare, lodging, meals, tips, and local transportation. (Cost subject to change, please check with Honor Flight Southern Arizona for latest prices).
If you would like to become a guardian on an "Honor Flight" with us, please fill out the electronic application form below or download Guardian APP - Jan 2013 and mail to:
Honor Flight Southern Arizona
PO Box 32649
Tucson, AZ 85751
Attn: Guardian Application
You may also email your application or your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please visit our FAQ page, or see our Sample Itinerary to get an idea of what to expect on your trip. You may contact us by calling (520) 204-1391 or email us at our general email box: email@example.com. We will be happy to explain more about the application process.
Guardian seats are limited. The usual ratio of veterans to guardians is 2:1 dependent upon the needs of the veterans. You may be assigned to look after more than one veteran.