Frequently Asked Questions

  •  How do you decide which veterans get to go?   Veterans are flown on a "first-come,  first-served basis."  Within the applicants, top priority is currently  given to World War II veterans and all other veterans with terminal  illness. Our second priority is to Korean War veterans and then Vietnam  War veterans. 


  •  Are terminally ill World War II veterans given any special priority?   YES! Such veterans go to the top of the  list for the next flight departing to Washington D.C.. 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.    


  •  Can I go more than once?
    Unfortunately, due to limited funding and resources, veterans are limited to a single trip.  Honor Flight Hubs exist solely by fundraisers and donations.  It is our mission and responsibility to ensure that those monies are utilized to transport as many of those veterans as possible that have not already had the opportunity to visit their memorials.


  • Can my spouse go with me?
    The only spouses who are permitted to go are  those who are veterans themselves.  We do not have the resources,  funding, or seating available to transport all the veterans who are  presently on our waiting list.  Regretfully, adding spouses simply isn't an option for  our program.


  • I am the widow of a veteran. Can I go?
    Sadly, the answer is "no".  Due to limited funding, resources and available seating, we must focus our efforts on those veterans wishing to go.


  • How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?  
    The cost is FREE for all Veterans. You do  not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.  Cost for a Guardian is $375.00 which covers all transportation and meals.


  • Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a Guardian?  
    Guardians must be able-bodied between the ages of 18 & 70, and generally a minimum of one generation removed from the veteran.  Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the veterans.  Who will or  will not serve as a Guardian, and how many Guardians will be needed, is  the sole responsibility of the Hub Director. That decision is based upon  many factors, such as:

  1. 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?  
  2. Medically trained, active duty military personnel and able-bodied veterans who  have previously participated in a flight are given top priority to act as Guardians, and  may also serve as leadership members.  Applicants physically capable of assisting  in the lifting of veterans are also a top priority.  Once the director  feels enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are  then considered. Again, these decisions rest solely with the Hub  Director. 


  • Can I make a donation to Connecticut Honor Flight?  
    The Connecticut Honor Flight gratefully accepts  donations from anyone EXCEPT World War II Veterans who have not  benefited from the experience of an Honor Flight Tour.  We feel that  these veterans have given enough. This is our way of saying "Thank You"!   For more information, click on the DONATE button at the top of any page.  


  • What if I live outside the State of Connecticut?
    In order to find your local Honor Flight  hub, click on the regional hubs link in the national honor flight  website, www.honorflight.org. Scroll down and click on the state in  which the veteran lives and click on the nearest hub.  The Honor Flight National web  site also includes information on the the Lone Eagles program to serve  those that are not within 150 miles of a regional hub.  


  • How are you funded?  
    Funding for Honor Flight hubs comes  primarily from donations made by individuals 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 such as local American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Am Vets, Disabled American Veterans, and Military Order of Purple Heart posts  and chapters, as well as various businesses and corporations on a local level. If you would like to help support the Connecticut Honor Flight, click on the DONATE button on the top of any page.  


  • What if the veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?  
    WHEELCHAIRS -- Typically, about 50% of the veterans  that are transported will require wheelchairs. Unless the veteran has a special wheelchair that he/she requires, Connecticut Honor Flight can provide a travel style (lightweight) wheelchair for the tour.
    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).  Any oxygen concentrator devices must be  FAA-approved  for use during the trip if local oxygen  equipment is not available.  We may also provide oxygen cylinders to be used  at the memorials.  No oxygen cylinders are permitted to  be used on the aircraft. If the veteran requires oxygen during the trip,  please call us to discuss arrangements.