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Frequently Asked Questions:
 
Can my wife (husband) go with me?
No, unfortunately. Nationwide, we have thousands of World War II Veterans on the waiting list and thousands more who will apply. It is doubtful that we will get to every deserving veteran in time. Over 70 of them have passed away while patiently waiting their turn; hundreds more will not live long enough to visit their precious 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 meet the criteria themselves.

How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
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.

How are you funded?
Central Illinois Honor Flight receives no government sponsorship. Our funding comes from individuals and businesses that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to see their memorial before it's too late. Other contributors have been fraternal organizations like local VFW and American Legion posts and chapters.  See the Our Donors section for a listing of those generous individuals, businesses and organizations.

Can I make a donation to Central Illinois Honor Flight?
Central Illinois Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT the veterans we are trying to honor. We feel that they have given more than enough. Visit our Donations page to see how you can help.

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 given to World War II Veterans and veterans of other wars who have terminal illnesses.

What if a veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
WHEELCHAIRS -- About 30% of the veterans who have participated nationally over the past three years have been in wheelchairs. Deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact. Many of our coaches are equipped with wheelchair lifts. If there is a possibility that a veteran may need a wheelchair during one of our trips, we can usually provide a chair for him. If the vet has his own chair, he may bring it. Please contact us with any 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 cannula), frequency (as needed or continuously), and the rate of delivery (2-3 liters per minute). Honor Flight 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 from their home to the departure airport and also on the return from their local airport back to their homes. No oxygen cylinders are permitted to be used on the aircraft. If a veteran requires oxygen during the trip, please call us to discuss arrangements.

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. Not only are terminally ill World War II Veterans given this top priority, but any terminally ill Korean War Veteran or Vietnam War Veteran who has never been able to visit his/her memorial.

How can I start an HFN Hub in my part of the country?
Please call 937-521-2400 and ask to speak with Earl Morse. He can also be reached via email at president@honorflight.org.