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“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”
– Will Rogers

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our FAQs below. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact us for more information.

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Our Mission

Our mission is simple. Honor Flight Houston, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, knows that our Veteran heroes aren’t asking for recognition. It is our position that they deserve it. Please help us continue to make their dream of visiting THEIR memorial, a reality. 

Q: Can my wife (husband) go with me?
A: No. At the present time, we have our WWII, Korean and terminally ill Veterans on our waiting list and many more who will apply this year. Our mission is to get to every deserving veteran in time. At this time we must save all seats for our veterans. The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves.

Q: I am the widow of a World War II veteran. Can I go?
A: Sadly, the answer is “no”. Adding spouses and widows simply isn’t an option for our program at this time.

Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A: The cost is FREE for our Veterans. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.

Q:  What are the requirements to be a guardian?
A: We ask that anyone interested in being a guardian for one of our flights must volunteer with us first in addition to participating as a Ground Crew Guardian before participating as a Flight Guardian.

Q: Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a guardian?
A: Only under certain limited circumstances. Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the veterans. A normal ratio is 1 veteran to 1 Honor Flight Guardian. **All Family Guardians must submit application at same time as Veteran application to be considered**

Who will or will not serve as an Honor Flight Guardian, and how many Honor Flight Guardians will be needed, is the sole responsibility of our Medical and Administrative Directors. That decision is based upon many factors, such as but not limited:

  • 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 veterans who have previously participated in a Honor Flight are given top priority and serve as leadership members. The applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of our veterans are also a top priority. Once the Medical and Administrator directors feels enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are then considered. Again, these decisions rest solely with the Medical and Administrative Directors.

Q: What is the Guardian Donation?
A: The guardian donation for Honor Flight Houston is $520.00, this helps pay towards airfare, hotel, transportation, food, Honor Flight guardian shirt and a Honor Flight backpack for travel.

Please fill out Guardian Application and submit to us.

Q: Can I make donations to Honor Flight Houston?
A: Honor Flight Houston gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT our World War II veterans. We feel that World War II veterans have given enough. This is our way of saying “Thank You”!

Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A:  Veterans are flown on a “first-come, first-served basis.” Within the applicants, top priority is currently given to World War II veterans then our Korean War Veterans and ALL Veterans with a terminal illness. Our Vietnam War veterans will be our next priority.

Q: How are you funded?
A:  Our funding comes primarily from individuals across the great state of Texas who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to see their memorial before it’s too late. Other significant contributors have been fraternal organizations like local American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, posts and chapters, as well as various corporations.

Q: What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
A:  WHEELCHAIRS — 100% of the veterans we have transported over the past 2 years are asked to use a wheelchair on their Honor Flight. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact. All of our coaches are equipped with wheelchair lifts.
OXYGEN: If the veteran requires oxygen, a prescription for the oxygen must be provided by the veteran’s healthcare provider, identifying the delivery method (mask or nasal cannula), frequency (as needed or continuously), and the rate of delivery (2-3 liters per minute). Honor Flight Network will provide an FAA-approved oxygen concentrator for use during the trip if local oxygen equipment is not available. We also provide oxygen cylinders to be used at the memorials. If an overnight stay in the D.C. area is required, we will provide an overnight concentrator for use in the hotel room.

Veterans on oxygen are required to have oxygen cylinders available from their home to the departure airport and also on the return from their local airport back to their homes. No oxygen cylinders are permitted to be used on the aircraft.

Q: How do veterans in wheelchairs travel around Washington D.C.
A: Honor Flight Houston utilizes the services of Keller Motor Coach.  Their premiere buses are equipped with wheelchair lift and wheelchair seating.

Q: Are terminally ill World War II veterans given any special priority?
A:  YES! Such veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to Washington D.C. as part of our TLC Program. Not only are World War II veterans given this top priority, but any terminally ill veteran, who has never been able to visit their memorial, is given the same priority under our TLC Program.

Please call us for more information.

Q: Who is in charge of the program?
A:  Throughout the United States there are several programs that operate in conjunction as part of Honor Flight Network, the national effort to honor our most senior Veterans. This governing body establishes general protocols, policies, credentialing, and maintains a national Website and oversight of several programs.
You can reach the leadership for Honor Flight Houston by writing and/or calling:

Honor Flight Houston
P.O. Box 690545
Houston, TX 77269
(817) 690-6300

You can also use the contact form on the Contact Us page to contact Honor Flight Houston.