An Honor Flight is a one-day trip of a lifetime to honor and thank our wartime service men and women with a no-cost trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built in the Veteran’s honor. Wartime WWII, Korea and Vietnam Veterans who served on active duty during the listed service dates are eligible to travel with us.
We meet very early on a Saturday morning and fly out to Washington D.C. and return later that same evening.
No. The trip is 100% free for the Veteran.
Please go to the “Applications” page on our website and review the “Service Dates”. If the Veteran served any active duty time during these dates, anywhere, he or she is eligible.
By service dates and age, the most senior go first. The waiting list changes as older veterans apply.
Complete and mail a “Veteran Application” found on our website.
No, we keep all eligible applications on file until space is available.
We work with the family and our medics to make sure all oxygen needs are taken care of during flight day. We will need a prescription for required oxygen from the health care provider in advance.
Each Veteran is personally interviewed and evaluated to make certain it is safe for him or her to join us on a flight.
Not at all. We bring our own supply of wheelchairs for each Veteran needing one. You may not bring your own wheelchair due to space and other limitations. Veterans can bring along a cane as well.
All medications, photo ID and a camera (if desired).
All passengers are required to meet normal TSA security requirements and will need to have a current photo identification. We work closely with TSA to provide a stress-free trip.
We provide all food and drink, a polo shirt, a hat indicating the Veteran’s service era and a day they will never forget.
The Guardian will provide all transportation to and from the Meet and Greet dinner and on flight day.
Yes. Ft. Wayne, Evansville, and Lafayette have Honor Flight Hubs. We always recommend Veterans fly with the hub closest to where they live.
Each Veteran on the trip is assigned a Guardian to support the Veteran during the trip. The Guardian provides transportation to and from the dinner and on flight day, assists the Veteran throughout the day both physically and emotionally. A Veteran may only have one Guardian on the flight. No spouses may act as a Guardian.
Complete and mail a “Guardian Application” found on our website.
No. If an appropriate family member is not available, we have many volunteers available who will happily escort a Veteran. The Guardian role is very important; the comfort and support of the Veteran is our primary concern.
Absolutely! We have several hundred volunteers on a waiting list willing to travel with our heroes.
We are 100% funded by donations. The flights are expensive and in order to provide the trip at no cost to the veteran we require the Guardian to help pay for some of the flight costs.
We provide a polo shirt, the dinner the night before the flight and all food and drink on flight day.
All medications, photo ID, camera (if desired) a cell phone (with spare battery/charger) small backpack to carry both yours and the Veteran’s personal effects.
We normally operate from Plainfield High School near Indianapolis International Airport. Your Bus Captain will let you know all the details once you are selected for the flight.
As much as we can squeeze in to a single day! We visit the top 3 veteran memorials; WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, along with the Lincoln memorial. We take a driving tour through downtown D.C. to see many historical buildings and sites. We also travel to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown. It is a busy day!
We provide a meal at the “Meet and Greet Dinner” the night before the flight, all food and drink on flight day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), aircraft and bus transportation on flight day, a small bag for the Veteran to bring along personal items, a polo-type shirt and hat for each Veteran, a polo-type shirt for the Guardian, a professional medic on each bus and photographers who capture as much of the day as possible.
Absolutely! All photos are loaded onto our Flikr page and are available for free download after the flight. Please see our Photos page on our website.
Yes. You will need to work with the Bus Captain to make arrangements, but we cannot provide transportation in D.C. as our buses are full during the trip.
We have coordinators who reserve aircraft and facilities for each flight. Once the trip is set four volunteers serve as “Bus Captains”; they coordinate contacting and interviewing their assigned Veterans and Guardians. Each Bus Captain is assisted by an assistant and a flight medic.
We fly from Indianapolis International Airport to Ronald Reagan International Airport in D.C. Once on the ground we board four touring buses for transportation in D.C., escorted by United States Park Police.
No, we charter an Airbus 321 aircraft from American Airlines. We are the only passengers on board and we are served by regular American Airlines pilots and staff during the flight.
Indy Honor Flight Info
We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are completely funded by donations. Our EIN is 45-3946329
No one. All staff and volunteers are unpaid. We donate our time out of love and respect for Indiana’s Veteran heroes.
Help us by telling eligible veterans about us, volunteering your time and by making donations to keep us flying.
Complete a “Volunteer Application” from our website. We will notify you when the next Safety Training is available and then you will be able to help our heroes!
Indy Honor Flight, PO Box 10, Plainfield IN 46168
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at the number shown on each page of our website: 317-559-1600.