Q: Who can go on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight trip?
VETERANS are placed on our waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Right now, we are only accepting applications for World War Two, Korean War and terminally ill veterans of any conflict. Applications from veterans of other wars will not be accepted until our current wait list is resolved.
GUARDIANS are picked by our Flight Selection Team based on a number of factors. For a typical flight, the guardian-to-veteran ratio is held at a one-to-one ratio. (Guardians can be assigned more than one veteran, but a veteran will never be assigned more than one guardian.) Guardians must be at least 18 and no more than 64 years of age. Many times guardians will be assisting veterans into or out of wheelchairs, up and down stairs, etc. Guardians do pay for their trip and must attend a mandatory training session.
Important Note: Family members of veterans are invited to apply to be part of our guardian team. However, we are unable to guarantee they will be invited on the flight. When filling out a guardian application, it is important that you indicate on the guardian application the veteran you wish to fly with. In order to ensure the safety of all on our flight, guardians are selected based on a number of factors. Each veteran is only allowed one guardian.
Q: Can spouses also go on the trip?
We are unable to accommodate spouses unless they are eligible veterans themselves. Guardians are required to be one generation removed from the veteran.
Q: How do I get an application?
Veteran and Guardian applications can be downloaded from our website under the Applications page. Or, you may call us at 262-238-7740 to request that one be mailed to you.
Q: How much does it cost? Who pays for the trip?
Our veterans have already sacrificed and given so much through their service to our country, therefore we feel they should not have to pay for the trip. All expenses for their Honor Flight are covered.
Flights are funded by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other groups who wish to be an important part of honoring these heroes and recognize the need to get our veterans to see their memorial before it is too late. No funding is received from the government. Guardians pay $500 each for the honor of escorting a World War Two or Korean hero to Washington DC.
Q: Do veterans need to supply their own guardian?
No. A guardian will be provided for each veteran, unless a family member has sent in a guardian application requesting to fly with a specific veteran. (See above for guardian requirements)
Q: When and where do I pay my $500 guardian fee?
Guardian fees are due once a guardian has been notified they are on a specific flight. Guardian fees can then be paid with a credit card, through our PayPal account, brought to the mandatory guardian training session, or mailed to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, PO Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074.
Q: How do I get to the airport on flight day?
You are required to provide your own transportation to and from Mitchell Airport.
Q: What form of identification is required to get through security at the airport?
Every person has to have some form of government photo ID to get through security. This includes driver’s licenses up to a year old, passports or birth certificates if they have a photo identifying them. You can also go to the DMV and get a state issued ID.
Q: Are meals served on the flight?
Breakfast is offered at the airport prior to boarding the plane. Lunch and dinner are provided during the trip.
Q: How can I find out information on upcoming flights and Homecomings?
Please check our website and Facebook page periodically for flight updates. The general public is always invited to welcome our returning heroes home the evening of the flight. (Due to security restrictions, it is not recommended that the public come to the airport the morning of a flight.)
Q: What can I do to help?
DONATIONS are gratefully accepted from all non-veterans and more information is available on the “Donate” page on this website. There are also various events held around southeast Wisconsin throughout the year to help raise the necessary funds.
Q: What if I require a wheelchair or oxygen?
WHEELCHAIRS – A number of our veterans require wheelchairs, and our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based on how many require a wheelchair lift. If a wheelchair is required for a veteran to use occasionally during the flight, one will be provided. If further information is needed, email us at email@example.com
OXYGEN – If a veteran requires oxygen, their health care provider must supply a prescription for it which identifies the delivery method (mask or nasal cannula), frequency (as needed or continuously), and the rate of delivery (liters per minute). Oxygen concentrators will be provided on the airplane for those that require them. Once in DC, you will be on bottled oxygen while we have the concentrators re-charged for our flight back to Milwaukee.
Q: Who is in charge of the program?
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, Inc. is part of the Honor Flight Network whose governing board establishes general protocols, policies and credentialing, maintains a national website and oversees several programs. Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has an independent board of directors from various backgrounds, all dedicated to the success of the mission to bring our WWII and Korean veterans to Washington for a day of honor. For a complete list of our board, click on the “About” button.
Q: What do I wear the day of the flight?
As a veteran or guardian, you will receive a shirt or jacket from us depending on the time of year. Veterans, please feel free to wear all or any part of your uniform.
Q: What if I need to bring medication on the flight?
Medications DO NOT need to be in their original containers. Please bring a two-day supply just in case.
Q: Can I buy Stars and Stripes Honor Flight apparel?
See our “Buy Gifts” link under “Get Involved”.
Q: Can an individual or an organization sponsor a specific veteran? Can I give the trip as a gift/surprise to a veteran?
No. Veteran applications are filled on a first come, first served basis. Donations are always accepted but cannot be dedicated to a certain veteran.