We are the northern/central Arizona chapter of Honor Flight Network, the 28th state to set up a hub. As a part of the national Honor Flight Network, our goal is to fly as many WWII and Korean veterans as possible from Arizona to Washington, D.C. at no cost to them. We are currently taking applications for future Honor Flights of Vietnam War veterans.
Honor Flight Arizona was started in 2008 after our Hub Coordinator, Susan Howe took her father, a B-24 nose gunner, on an Honor Flight from Ohio. She was very touched by the experience and recognized the need for Honor Flight to come to Arizona. By the end of 2008, Susan had completed the required paperwork, formed the first Honor Flight AZ board and fund raising began. Twelve veterans flew on the first trip in November, 2009. To date, more than 2,000 veterans have taken the journey from Arizona to Washington, D.C.
While we celebrate our accomplishments, we already have waiting lists of several hundred Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans. We expect to begin flying Vietnam War Veterans within the next two years.
The mission of Honor Flight Arizona is to pay homage to our WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans by providing the support needed for them to complete a three-day journey of honor and remembrance to their memorials in Washington, D.C. at no cost to them. Our secondary mission is to educate our youth about the impact of WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the freedoms our nation enjoys because of the service of the Veterans.
Honor Flight Arizona is a 100% volunteer organization. In addition to community outreach, our volunteers plan all aspects of each trip to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. This includes meal planning, hotel accommodations, safe passage through security, banquet dinners with guest speakers, scheduling tours, flights and buses and ensuring that families are aware of all facets of our trip. Volunteers also organize and carry out all fundraising activities and community events. Volunteers called “Guardians” pay their own way to accompany our veterans on Honor Flight.
Due to our location on the west coast, we conduct a 3-day trip, which is in contrast to the east coast hubs that travel out and back in one day. As a result of the need for hotel and meal accommodations and a longer flight, our cost for one veteran is $1150. Please Get Involved to see how you can honor our veterans. Thank you for your time and support!