Introduction to Villages Honor Flight

     


Villages Honor Flight (VHF) was formed in 2011 when Allison Metcalf, the marketing director at Mission Oaks and someone who had flown with Ocala Honor Flight, realized that many vets in/around the Villages might never fly due to Ocala's donation/priority rules.  She petitioned Nation for for a charter for the area around the Villages.  The charter was approved and VHF was born. VHF was subsequently incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Florida and granted 501(c)(3) status, both backdated to May of 2012.

During 2011, Allison recruited volunteers to help organize VHF and prepare for a 150 vet charter flight in April 2012.  Many things got in the way and VHF was reorganized in 2012 with a focus on much smaller (25 vet) missions for 2012.  VHF mounted 4 missions in 2012; the last was cancelled due to HurricaneSandy.  VHF mounted 7 missions (25 vets/25 guardians each) successfully in 2013 and has never looked back.

Mission size has increased several times to accommodate the growing number of vets applying.  A flightless program was added in 2014.

VHF will fly charter for the first time in late 2017, taking 70 vets and their guardians to Washington, D.C.  VHF will fly its 1,000th vet on that charter.

VHF adheres to several basic principles:

  • It's all about the vets; nothing we do is done unless it enhances the vet's experience.
  • It's never about us.

  • All vets fly first come, first served regardless of their home town. 

  • We will follow our procedures and not deviate unless the reasons are compelling.  We will not be influenced by politics or subtle financial persuasion.

 

Date Last Updated:  20-Aug-2017

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