Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can go on a Greater St. Louis Honor Flight trip?

Veterans are placed on the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis according to the following priorities: World War II veterans and terminally ill veterans of any conflict, followed by Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans. As our waiting list is currently growing, we are unable to accommodate spouses unless they themselves are eligible veterans.

Guardians are selected by flight leadership. The number of guardians varies depending on the needs of the veterans on each particular flight. Each flight includes approximately 23 guardians. Additional guardians, many of whom are active duty service personnel, join us upon arrival in Washington and accompany the veterans throughout the day. Guardians must be at least 18 and no more than 64 years of age and be able to easily lift 100 pounds. First priority is given to medically trained volunteers, and active duty military personnel. Guardians who have previously shown often serve as members of the flight leadership. Guardians do pay for their trip and must attend a mandatory training session prior to their flight.

Important Note: There are a very limited number of spots available for family member guardians, which are reserved for those who need to accompany the veteran based on a compelling medical reason.

Q. How much does it cost? Who pays for the trip?

The Honor Flight experience comes at no cost to the veterans. All expenses are paid, with the exception of any souvenirs he/she may wish to purchase. Flights are funded by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other groups who wish to be an important part of honoring these heroes. Guardians pay their own trip expenses.

Q. What can I do to help?

Donations are graciously accepted.   Click Here to Donate

Volunteers are critical to the success of Greater St. Louis Honor Flight. We simply could not fulfill our mission without the time and talents of a great many good-hearted men and women. Our volunteers assist in a myriad of ways, on flight days and throughout the year. If you’re interested in becoming part of our team, please fill out the Volunteer Application.

Q. What if I require a wheelchair and/or oxygen?

A number of veterans require wheelchairs and the deluxe motorcoaches that shuttle us around DC are ordered based on how many require a wheelchair lift. We supply wheelchairs for those who need them, but veterans are also welcome to bring their own, should that better suit them.

If a veteran requires oxygen, their health care provider must supply a prescription that identifies the delivery method (mask or cannula), frequency (as needed or continuously), and the rate of delivery (liters per minute). Greater St. Louis Honor Flight will provide an FAA approved oxygen concentrator for use on the plane as FAA regulations do not allow oxygen cylinders on board. Oxygen cylinders to be used while in DC will be provided. However, veterans are responsible for providing oxygen for use from home to Lambert Airport in the morning and from Lambert to home in the evening.

Q. Who is in charge of the program?

Greater St. Louis Honor Flight is part of the Honor Flight Network whose governing board establishes general protocols, policies and credentialing, maintains a national website and oversees several programs. Greater St. Louis Honor Flight has an independent board composed of many St. Louis-area individuals, many of them business-owners, all dedicated to the success of the mission to bring our World War II veterans to Washington, DC for a day of honor.

Funding the Mission

A gift to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight is a wonderful way to honor those who sacrificed so much for our great nation. We are enriching veterans’ lives, but we cannot do it without your help. We welcome and appreciate your support of the mission of Greater St. Louis Honor Flight and we offer opportunities to give at any level.

Testimonials

“My heartfelt thanks to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight crew for the opportunity you gave me to visit our nations Capital and most importantly our own World War II Memorial. I certainly enjoyed the entire day which was full of pleasant surprises. It is nice to know that many people in the USA appreciate what we did 66 years ago and take the time to say ‘Thanks’.”

– John E. Critzas

Gunner, A Co. 714th Tank Battalion, 12th Armored Division

“I want to offer my most sincere thanks to all the volunteers who so freely gave their time. You provided the lucky Veterans who flew that day the most pleasurable, perfect, and memorable day we will ever experience.”

– Robert Lumley Sr.

“Last year my father had the thrill of a lifetime when Veterans from his assisted living facility went on the Honor Flight. It was one of the best days of his life and he felt truly honored.”

– Laine Boyd

Power of Attorney for Victor Norber