Villages Honor Flight, Inc

Lake, Sumter, Marion, Citrus and Hernando Counties, FL

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1.  What is the Flightless or Simulated Honor Flight Program

  • A special program for vets who are unable to fly

2.      When and how long is the mission?

  • the first simulated mission was held on 27-Sep-2014.  Two more were held in 2015 and two are planned in 2016
  • the simulated "flight" is about 5 hours from send off to home coming

3.      Who can go (vet)?

  • any US Veteran who served on ACTIVE DUTY at any time during any war
  WW II December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946
  Korean War June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
  Vietnam War February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
  Lebanon/Grenada August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
  Panama December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
  Gulf War/War on Terrorism: August 2, 1990 – Present
  • Preference will be given to WWII vets who have not been to DC to see the WWII Memorial and any terminally ill (war service) vets; see this about very sick vets.
  • Vets pay absolutely nothing for the entire trip including transportation, food, etc

4.      Who can go (guardian)?

  • Guardians assist Veterans during the entire mission (preflight, social events, simulated flight)
  • Guardians can be any able-bodied man or woman who wants to make a difference.
  • There is a guardian screening process (we need to make sure that the applicant can do the job) 
  • Guardians are asked to make a donation of $50 for the privilege of going on the flight and helping the Veterans.
  • For more on Guardians, click here

5.      Can wives go?

  • No.  The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are Veterans themselves
  • However, we will accommodate spouses who are essentially primary care-givers.  They will accompany the groups as "special staff"; click here for more info..  Each vet will still have a dedicated guardian

6.      I am the widow/widower of a vet.  Can I go?

  • Sadly, the answer is “no”. We simply 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 is not an option for our program.

7.      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 guardians who have previously participated in a mission are given top priority and serve as leadership members. Applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of Veterans are a top priority. Once the director feels enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are then considered.  These decisions are made by the Hub Director.

8.      How do I get on the List?

  • go to the Applications page and download the Vet or Guardian.  Fill it out and mail it to Villages Honor Flight as per the instructions at the bottom of the form. 
  • When we receive your application, we will review it and call you to confirm our receipt of the application.  If we have any questions, we will ask you about them during the call

9.      Will I go on the next mission?

  • That depends on when your application was received.  We operate on a first come, first served basis; terminally ill vets go to the top of the list.  For vets, 2014 missions are complete.  Missions for 2015 are filling up fast.  That said, submit your application as soon as possible as everyone participates on a first come, first served basis.   
  • But I was promised ...   Please click here to see comments about "promises"
  • I am really sick, can I go on the next mission?  Please click here for information on how we try to accommodate very sick vets



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