Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can go on a Franklin County 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)
- Korean War veterans
As our waiting list is currently growing, we are unable to accommodate spouses unless they are eligible veterans themselves.
Guardians are selected by Flight Leadership based on a number of factors. The number of Guardians varies depending on the needs of the Veterans on that particular flight. While we have reduced the number of Guardians on the actual flight in order to have more seats for Veterans, there are approximately 23 on the actual flight. Additional Guardians, many of whom are active duty service personnel, join us upon arrival in Washington and accompany the Veterans throughout the day and back to the gate for the return flight. We try for a 1:1 ratio of Guardians to Veterans. Guardians must be at least 18 and no more than 64 years of age and be able to easily lift 100 pounds, as many times they will be assisting Veterans into or out of wheelchairs, up and down stairs, etc. First priority is given to medically trained volunteers, active duty military personnel and Guardians who have previously flown and serve as leadership members. Guardians do pay for their trip and must attend a mandatory training session.
Important Note: Family members of veterans are welcome to apply to be part of our Guardian team; however, it is not likely they will be invited on the flight. There are a very limited number of spots available for family member Guardians on each flight 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?
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 the trip are covered, with the exception of any souvenirs the veteran 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 and recognize the need to get our veterans to see their memorial before it is too late.
Q: What can I do to help?
DONATIONS are gratefully accepted from all and more information is available on the Donations page on the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight website.
VOLUNTEERS are also needed. It takes many dedicated volunteers to make these trips happen. Our volunteers have many abilities and perform many varied tasks all of which are very much appreciated. Click on the Volunteer Form on the right side of any of our websites page for an application.
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 sometime during the flight it can usually be provided. If the vet has their own wheelchair, they may bring it. If further information is needed, contact us at 636-xxx-xxxx.
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). Franklin County 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 Washington will be provided. However, veterans are responsible for providing oxygen for use from home to Lambert Airport in the morning and to home from Lambert Airport at night. If a veteran will require oxygen during the trip, please call us at 636-xxx-xxxx to discuss arrangements.
Q: Who is in charge of the program?
Franklin County 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. Franklin County 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 WWII veterans to Washington for a day of honor.