- Who can be my Guardian?
A Guardian can be a family member, friend, or a volunteer from our database. Guardians must be 18 – 70 years old. Spouses/Significant Others CANNOT serve Guardians.
A Guardian, whether a family member, friend, or a volunteer, must be able to perform the following:
- Physically take care of the Veteran the entire day which could exceed 15-18 hours.
- Assist unloading and loading veterans from the aircraft and bus, as required.
- Assist unloading and loading wheelchairs from the bus at each stop.
- Assist unloading and loading water coolers to dispense water to other Guardians and Veterans.
Additional Guardian Policy:
Guardians must be age 70 or less on the day of the flight.
If there is any question based on our interview that a potential guardian may not be able to fulfill their duties, we may require an evaluation by our medical team.
- I am a widow of a World War ll Veteran. Can I go?
We are sorry, but our mission is to take the Veterans. Again, we simply do not have the resources, funding or seating available to transport all the Veterans who are presently on our waiting list.
- Do Guardians travel at no cost as does the Veteran?
Our mission is to fly WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veterans at no expense to them, therefore guardians contribute a tax-deductible donation as determined by the Honor Flight Bluegrass Board of Directors to offset the costs of their airfare, bus transport, liability insurance, police escort, tee-shirt, name tag, lanyard, and meals. The designated donation amount at this time is $500.
- What are the eligibility dates for applying and who has the priority?
Veterans are selected on a “first-come, first-served” basis as relegated by their war service date and application date, regardless of location of duty. Veterans who have served during war time are eligible to apply with Honor Flight Bluegrass.
Note: (To be considered by the VA to have served during wartime, a veteran need not have served in a combat zone, but simply during one of these designated periods.)
- WORLD WAR II (Three eligible categories)
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign-Medal (7 Dec. 1941 to 8 Nov. 1945)
- Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal (7 Dec. 1941 to 2 Mar. 1946)
- American Campaign Medal (7 Dec. 1941 to 2 Mar. 1946)
- AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINES - In oceangoing service during the period of armed conflict, 7 Dec. 1941 to 15 Aug. 1945
- KOREAN WAR - 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954 (eligible for the Korean Service Medal)
- VIETNAM WAR- 28 Feb. 1961 to 7 May 1975
- OTHER – service during periods between WWII and the Korean War, or between the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 1948-1951 and 1955 and 1961
Priority is given to those who are terminally ill, regardless of war, age, and branch of service.
Next in line are our Greatest Generation, World War II veterans, followed by the Korean War Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans
- WORLD WAR II (Three eligible categories)
- Will I receive an acknowledgement from the Honor Flight for the Guardian Donation?
Yes, Honor Flight Bluegrass will acknowledge the donation for your tax purposes.
- How is the Honor Flight funded?
The Honor Flight receives no national or government sponsorships, nor does the Honor Flight utilize the services of professional solicitors.
Our funding comes primarily from generous individuals, corporations and organizations that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of our honored Veterans. Honor Flight Bluegrass is extremely grateful for these funds because we do NOT receive national or government sponsorships, nor do we utilize the services of professional solicitors.
- Does the Honor flight have any paid staff?
Honor Flight Bluegrass is made up of 100% Volunteers.
- Does the Honor Flight remit any money to the National organization, The Honor Flight Network?
Honor Flight Bluegrass keeps 100% of its donations in its organization. All donations and funds received by Honor Flight Bluegrass are geared toward flying Veterans from the Bluegrass Region and Southern Indiana.
- How can I make a donation?
Donations can be made by credit card on our website honorflightbluegrass.org, PayPal, and social media platforms.
Checks can be mailed to:
Honor Flight Bluegrass
P.O. Box 991364
Louisville, KY 40269-1364
- What if a Veteran needs a wheelchair?
Honor Flight Bluegrass will provide wheelchairs for Veterans that need one. We also take extra wheelchairs because it is a long day and safety comes first for us.
- What if a Veteran needs oxygen?
A Veteran must provide their own oxygen (gas or concentrator) to the departure airport
Please Note: Oxygen bottles are strictly forbidden to be carried on board the airplane by the FAA and the Airline; therefore, an Oxygen Concentrator that is powered by batteries must be utilized and provided by the veteran. There are no facilities aboard the airplane for the utilization of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator that plugs into an electric outlet.
To ensure the Veteran will have ample oxygen for his/her use the Veteran must supply the Honor Flight with a doctor’s prescription indicating the oxygen flow rate, frequency and the delivery system.