- Who can be my Guardian?
A Guardian, whether a family member, friend, or a volunteer, must be able to perform the following:
- Physically take care of the Veteran the entire day which could exceed 15-18 hours.
- Assist unloading and loading veterans from the aircraft and bus, as required.
- Assist unloading and loading wheelchairs from the bus at each stop.
- Assist unloading and loading water coolers to dispense water to other Guardians and Veterans.
Additional Guardian Policy:
FOR GUARDIANS AGE 66 TO 74 ON THE DAY OF THE FLIGHT
While we highly encourage that a family guardian be one generation removed, any guardian 65 or older on the day of the flight MUST ATTEND the Guardian Training IN PERSON. No Exceptions. At that time, the Medical Staff and Honor Flight Board Members present will determine your suitability to perform these functions on the flight. Again, no exceptions.
FOR GUARDIANS AGE 65 OR LESS ON THE DAY OF THE FLIGHT
Again, while we highly encourage that a family guardian be one generation removed, you may attend Guardian Training IN PERSON or take the online Guardian Training Module located on the Honor Flight Bluegrass website under EXPERIENCE A FLIGHT and then click on TRAINING MODULE.
- I am a widow of a World War ll Veteran. Can I go?
Sadly, the answer is no.
Again, we simply do not have the resources, funding or seating available to transport all the Veterans who are presently on our waiting list. Adding spouse’s widows and widowers simply is not an option for our program.
- Do Guardians travel at no cost as does the Veteran?
No. Guardians contribute a tax-deductible donation as determined by the Honor Flight Bluegrass Board of Directors to offset the costs of their airfare, bus transport, liability insurance, police escort, tee-shirt, name tag, lanyard, and meals. As of January 1, 2015, the amount set by the Board of Directors is $500.
- What are the eligibility dates for applying and who has the priority?
Veterans are selected on a “first-come, first-served” basis as relegated by their War Service Date and application date, regardless of location of duty. Veterans who have served during war time are eligible to apply with Honor Flight Bluegrass.
Note: (To be considered by the VA to have served during wartime, a veteran need not have served in a combat zone, but simply during one of these designated periods.)
- WORLD WAR II (Three eligible categories)
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign-Medal (7 Dec. 1941 to 8 Nov. 1945)
- Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal (7 Dec. 1941 to 2 Mar. 1946)
- American Campaign Medal (7 Dec. 1941 to 2 Mar. 1946)
- AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINES - In oceangoing service during the period of armed conflict, 7 Dec. 1941 to 15 Aug. 1945
- KOREAN WAR - 27 June 1950 to - 27 July 1954 (eligible for the Korean Service Medal)
- VIETNAM WAR- 28 Feb. 1961 to 7 May 1975
Priority is given to those who are terminally ill, regardless of war, age, and branch of service.
Next in line are our Greatest Generation, World War II veterans, followed by the Korean War Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans
Sadly, we are unable to offer or invite those Honored Veterans that have previously visited their Memorials on a personal trip or that has been the recipient of an Honor Flight.
- WORLD WAR II (Three eligible categories)
- Will I receive an acknowledgement from the Honor Flight for the Guardian Donation?
Yes, the Honor Flight will acknowledge the donation for your tax purposes.
- How is the Honor Flight funded?
The Honor Flight receives no national or government sponsorships, nor does the Honor Flight utilize the services of professional solicitors.
Our funding comes primarily from individuals, corporations and organizations that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of the honored Veterans and want these heroes to see their memorials before it is too late.
- Does the Honor flight have any paid staff?
No! The Honor Flight is an all-volunteer organization.
- Does the Honor Flight remit any money to the National organization, The Honor Flight Network?
No! All donations and funds received by Honor Flight Bluegrass remains within the Bluegrass Region.
- How can I make a donation?
Donations can be made by credit card from our website honorflightbluegrass.org, or through PayPal.
Checks can be mailed to:
Honor Flight Bluegrass
P.O. Box 991364
Louisville, KY 40269-1364
- What is the age limit for Guardians?
Due to liability limitations and the physical requirements of assisting Veterans the age limit for Guardians of any gender is 18-65 years of age.
- What if a Veteran needs a wheelchair?
If a Veteran requires a wheelchair for mobility during the trip we ask the Veteran to bring their own.
We have a limited number of wheelchairs that we can make available on any one trip.
If a Veteran can obtain a wheelchair from a local fraternal organization such as VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, VA Hospital so much the better.
Contact with our office will assure the needs of the Veteran are met.
About 15-20% of Veterans we have transported over the past five years were in wheelchairs and so we order deluxe motor coaches equipped to handle wheelchairs.
- What if a Veteran needs oxygen?
A Veteran must provide their own oxygen (gas or concentrator) to the departure airport.
Oxygen bottles are strictly forbidden to be carried on board the airplane by the FAA and the Airline; therefore, an Oxygen Concentrator that is powered by batteries must be utilized.
There are no facilities aboard the airplane for the utilization of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator that plugs into an electric outlet.
If the Veteran does not own their own concentrator, contact the primary supplier of the Veteran’s gaseous oxygen for the loan of a concentrator and the charging system for the batteries.
Once the Veteran reaches the destination he/she will be provided gaseous oxygen by the Honor Flight at no cost to the Veteran for the trip to the memorials, and his/her return to the airport while the oxygen concentrator batteries are recharged at the airport.
When the Veteran returns to the airport for the trip home he/she will be given back the oxygen concentrator and battery charging system and will return the gaseous oxygen bottles to airport personnel. Upon the Veterans arrival home he/she may resort back to their normal oxygen supply.
To ensure the Veteran will have ample oxygen for his/her use the Veteran must supply the Honor Flight with a doctor’s prescription indicating the oxygen flow rate, frequency and the delivery system.