Honor Flight Network is an organization with a mission to honor America’s Veterans with free trips to the nation’s capitol to visit their War Memorials.
Honor Flight Network has chapters across the country with a new chapter opening recently in the bay Area.
Bay Area Honor Flight Foundation will take its first trip with 25 World War II Veterans to Washington DC in September. They’ll visit the World War II Memorial and several other memorials.
The cost of the trips is covered by Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation, an organization that is volunteer run and raises its own funds through donations.
Each veteran is accompanied by a Guardian, a volunteer who pays their own way to go on the trip.
Right now, World War II Veterans have priority but the program will transition over time to offer the trips to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. However, if a Korean War or Vietnam War veteran has a life-threatening illness, they will get priority and qualify to go on a trip to Washington as soon as possible.
Don Newton is on the board of directors of Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation: