Can my wife (husband) go with me on the trip?
No. At the present time there are thousands of World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans on waiting lists all over the country with more who will apply this year. It is doubtful that we will get to every deserving Veteran in time. Hundreds of World War II Veterans have passed away while patiently waiting their turn. Hundreds more will not live long enough to visit their precious memorial. Imagine how long the waiting list would be if we added non-Veteran spouses to our waiting list. The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are also Veterans themselves or the spouse of a terminally ill Veteran.
I am the widow (or widower) of a Veteran who has passed away. Can I go on behalf of my departed spouse?
Sadly, the answer is "no". Again, we simply do not have the resources, funding, or seating available to transport all the Veterans who are presently on our waiting lists. Adding spouses and widows simply isn't an option for our program at this time.
I’ve been selected to travel as a Veteran on an Honor Flight Maine trip. How much money do I need to bring with me?
The cost is FREE for Veterans. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.
Can my son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as a Guardian?
Yes, on a case by case basis. Our TOP priority is the safe travel of ALL the Veterans. Who will or will not serve as a Guardian, and how many Guardians will be needed, is the sole responsibility of the Hub Director. That decision is based upon many factors, such as:
How many disabled Veterans are scheduled to go?
Of the disabled Veterans going, how many will have to be physically assisted getting on and off the bus?
Which Guardian applicants are most qualified?
Medically trained, active duty military personnel and Veterans who have previously participated in a flight are given top priority and serve as leadership members. The applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of Veterans are also a top priority. Once the director feels enough of those positions have been filled, other applicants are then considered. Again, these decisions rest solely with the Hub Director.
Can I make a donation to Honor Flight Maine?
Honor Flight Maine gratefully accepts donations from anyone EXCEPT World War II Veterans who have not benefited from the experience of an Honor Flight Tour. We feel that these Veterans have given enough. This is our way of saying "Thank You"! Learn more HERE
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 currently given to World War II Veterans and all other Veterans with terminal illness. Our second priority is to Korean War Veterans and then Vietnam War Veterans.
How is Honor Fight Maine Funded?
Our funding comes primarily from individuals across Maine who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of Veterans and want them to visit their memorial before it's too late. Other significant contributors have been fraternal organizations like local American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, posts and chapters, as well as various corporations on a local level.
What if the Veteran is on oxygen or will need a wheelchair?
WHEELCHAIRS -- About 50% of the WWII Veterans we have transported over the past three years were in wheelchairs. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact. Many of our coaches are equipped with wheelchair lifts.
OXYGEN -- If the Veteran requires oxygen, a prescription for the oxygen must be provided by the Veteran's healthcare 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 Maine will assist to secure an FAA-approved oxygen concentrator for use during the trip if local oxygen equipment is not available. We also provide oxygen cylinders to be used at the memorials. If an overnight stay in the D.C. area is required, we will provide an overnight concentrator for use in the hotel room. 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(tanks) are permitted to be used on the aircraft. If the veteran requires oxygen during the trip, please call us at 207-370-7210.
Are terminally ill World War II Veterans given any special priority?
YES! Terminally ill Veterans of ALL conflicts go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to Washington, D.C. as part of our Southwest TLC Program. Not only are World War II Veterans given this top priority, but any terminally ill Veteran, who has never been able to visit their memorial, is given the same priority under our Southwest TLC Program.
Who is in charge of the program?
Throughout the United States all Honor Flight Network Hubs operate in conjunction with Honor Flight Network Headquarters. This governing body establishes general protocols, policies, credentialing, and maintains a national Website and oversight of several programs. Locally, Honor Flight Maine is lead by a dedicated Board of Directors who meet often to plan and organize events and trips.