Q: Can my spouse go with me?
A: No. At the present time, we have hundreds of veterans on our Cleveland waiting list and hundreds more who will apply this year. The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves.
Q. I am the widow of a veteran. Can I go?
A: Sadly, the answer is "no." Again, we simply do not have the resources or seating available to transport all the veterans who are presently on our waiting list. 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 World War II veterans, terminally ill veterans, and Korean War veterans. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs. Guardians pay $250 for the total trip.
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 given to World War II veterans and all other veterans with a terminal illness. Our second priority is to Korean War veterans and then Vietnam War veterans.
Q: Are terminally ill World War II veterans given any special priority?
A: YES! These veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight 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 his/her memorial, is given the same priority under our TLC Program. Please visit the Special Programs page or contact us for additional information.
Q: What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
A: Every veteran is assigned a wheelchair at Cleveland Hopkins Airport for his/her use throughout the trip. If oxygen is needed, the Veteran must have a portable oxygen concentrator. It will need to be charged and be able to be operated on that battery for the 2 hour flight. We should be able to plug in on the bus to keep it charged for the day.
Q: What other medical requests are there?
A: You must completely disclose medical information on your application. Please inform us of all your medical conditions, special medical/medicine needs, mobility and above all, you must inform your doctor of the rigors of the one day trip to Washington, D.C. and get their permission for you to participate.
Q. Are there any stairs to climb?
A: Yes, there are a few, including getting on and off tour buses, but we are available to assist you.
Q: What should I wear? How should I dress?
A: Be sure to dress in layers of clothing (shirts, sweaters and jackets) depending on the time of the year. This gives you to opportunity to add or remove clothing as needed for your own comfort.
Q: How do veterans in wheelchairs travel around Washington, D.C.?
A: The veterans are transported around Washington, D.C. in the comfort of climate-controlled motor coaches. Guardians, Honor Flight board members, and other volunteers will be with the veterans at all times.
Q: How is Honor Flight Cleveland funded?
A: Our funding comes primarily from patriotic individuals who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to see their memorials. Other significant contributors are fraternal organizations, like local American Legion, VFW, and AMVETS.