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Is there medical supervision on the trip? - top
Yes, we travel with qualified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) on each bus.  Additionally, some of our Guardians are medical professionals in our community.

Can my wife (husband) go with me? - top
No, unfortunately not.  Nationwide, we have thousands of WWII Veterans on the waiting list and thousands more who will apply.  It is doubtful that we will get to every deserving veteran in time. Many WWII Veterans have passed away while patiently waiting their turn; hundreds more will not live long enough to visit their memorial.  Can you imagine how long the waiting list would be if we added non-veteran spouses to our waiting list?  The only spouses that are permitted to go are those who are veterans themselves.

Can you describe the day of the trip? - top
Yes. We travel by bus. The buses have a bathroom on board and at least one of the buses will have a wheelchair lift. We have pick up points in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Richmond. We have a bathroom break stop on the way to Washington, DC. Each veteran has a guardian assigned to accompany him or her, with the solitary duties of assuring their enjoyment and safety. A box breakfast is served on the bus. Stops are scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery, the National World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. As time permits, other stops and sightseeing by bus may be included. A box lunch is served during the day. On the return trip, the bus stops at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia. We have dinner there in their cafeteria and can also visit the displays in the museum. The buses then return to the original pick up points. The pick up and return times vary depending on location.

How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring? - top
For our veterans, the trip is FREE; there is no cost. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.

Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a guardian? - top
Generally, yes, if the person is a physically qualified adult. Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the veterans. A normal ratio is one guardian for each veteran, but no more than two veterans to a guardian. Who will or will not serve as a guardian and how many guardians will be needed is the sole responsibility of the Program Director. That decision is based upon many factors, such as:
  1. How many disabled veterans are scheduled to go?
  2. Of the disabled veterans going, how many will have to be physically carried on and off the bus?
  3. Which guardian applicants are most qualified? Medically trained volunteers, staff of elder care facilities, active duty military personnel and veterans who have previously participated in a trip are given priority and serve as leadership members. The applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of WWII Veterans are also a priority. Once the director feels enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are then considered. Again, these decisions rest solely with the Program Director.

Can I make a donation to Honor Flight? - top
Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT our Veterans as we believe our Vets have given enough. To donate funds, please send a check, made out to HFHTVA, and mail to HFHTVA, P.O. Box 135, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187, or visit the "Donations" page of our website (CLICK HERE), or call us toll-free at 800-619-0578 or 757-655-4342.

How do you decide which veterans get to go? - top
Veterans are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Within the applicants, top priority is given to WWII Veterans and all other veterans with terminal illness.  At this time, we are also taking Korean War Veterans on a space available basis.  Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia will include on our trips any eligible veteran in and around the Hampton Roads area (Virginia Peninsula, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Northeastern North Carolina, Richmond, Petersburg) that can travel on their own to and from our departure points in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Richmond.  You do not have to be specifically from the historic triangle area.

When are the trips? - top
Schedules vary from year to year, but we generally we have two trips per year -- one in April and one in October.

What if there is no Honor Flight program in my state? - top
If a program does not exist in your part of the country, send an application to the National Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org) and they will forward your application to the Honor Flight hub within your general region of the country. You will be responsible for obtaining travel to and from that region. Example: You live in Minneapolis Minnesota. Once a seat becomes available for you on a flight out of Fargo, North Dakota, you would be responsible for getting to and from Fargo. Once there, Honor Flight would cover the cost of the trip from Fargo to DC and back again. If you have been on our national waiting list for over 6 months, you will be eligible to participate in our Lone Eagles program. Please read the web page at www.honorflight.org concerning this special program.

How are you funded? - top
HFHTVA is part of the national Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org). While we, along with the other 100 plus regional hubs, accept the national guidance and utilize their non-financial resources, we operate our program independently and entirely on donated funds from individuals and businesses that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of Veterans and want them to see their memorials before it's too late. As such, we hope you as an individual or any organization of which you are a member would consider this project worthy of your financial support. To donate funds, please send a check, made out to HFHTVA, to the address listed on our home page, visit the "Donations" page of our website (CLICK HERE), or call us toll-free at 800-619-0578 or 757-655-4342.  HFHTVA is 501(c) 3 organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

What if a veteran has already seen the National WWII Memorial? - top
We are unable to take veterans to see the Memorial again.  We need to reserve the limited space and donated funds for veterans who have not seen the Memorial.

What if a veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair? - top
WHEELCHAIRS -- Since approximately 15% of the veterans we transported on our previous trips required the use of a wheelchair, our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact and will have a wheelchair lift if required. If there is a possibility that a veteran may need a wheelchair during one of our trips, please be sure to include this information on the application form. HFHTVA will bring wheelchairs for veterans to use if required and veterans may also bring their own wheelchair if desired. Please contact us at 800-619-0578 or 757-655-4342 with any additional questions.

OXYGEN -- If a veteran requires oxygen, a prescription for the oxygen must be provided by the veteran's health care provider, identifying the delivery method (mask or nasal canola), frequency (as needed or continuously), and the rate of delivery (2-3 liters per minute). HFHTVA will provide an FAA approved oxygen concentrator for use during the trip. We also provide oxygen cylinders to be used at the memorials. Veterans on oxygen are required to have oxygen cylinders available for use from their home to our departure point and from our arrival point back to their homes. If a veteran requires oxygen during the trip, please call us at 800-619-0578 or 757-655-4342 to discuss arrangements.

Are terminally ill veterans given any special priority? - top
YES! Any terminally ill veteran from any era who has never been able to visit his/her memorials are given top priority for the next HFHTVA trip to Washington, DC.


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