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The cost is FREE for World War II and terminally ill veterans. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs.
YES! Such veterans go to the top of the list for the next flight departing to Washington D.C. 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. Please contact us for more information.
Unfortunately, no. At time there are so many veterans waiting for their chance to visit the monuments, that not even every deserving veteran may get a chance to make a trip. As such, we must limit our resources, funding, and available spaces to veterans only.
Absolutely but it your family’s responsibility to get there and back. Your assigned Guardian must remain with you at all times and you will not be permitted to leave the Memorial area. There is no additional bus space for families so they need to make their own arrangements while in D.C.
Anyone may apply to be a trip guardian however, our TOP priority is the safe travel of the veterans. Who will be selected as a guardian is the sole responsibility of the program director, who bases that decision on a number of factors, such as:

How many disabled veterans are scheduled to go?
How many will have to be physically assisted getting on and off the bus?
Which guardian applicants have the best medical & physical qualifications?

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.
Honor Flight Network Network receives no national, government sponsorship. Our funding comes primarily from individuals that recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to see their memorial before it’s too late. Other significant contributors have been fraternal organizations such as local American Legion & VFW posts and chapters, as well as some business sponsorship.
Honor Flight Syracuse has an experienced volunteer cadre of spokespersons and other personnel who can provide representation at meetings, activities and Honor Flight fundraisers. To arrange, please forward available details (business / organization, date, time period, location, audiovisual available/needed, etc.), via email to HonorFlightSyracuse@yahoo.com and an Honor Flight Syracuse representative will follow-up directly.
The volunteer Honor Flight Syracuse Board of Directors is:

President – Randy Flath, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Vice President – John F. Paddock, Rear Admiral, USN (Retired)
Secretary – Thomas E. Shaw, Attorney
Treasurer – Richard Blansett, Colonel, NYANG (Retired)
Veterans Health & Safety – Kara Keyes, RN, Le Moyne College School of Nursing
Operations – Michael Gasapo, SRC, Inc., Syracuse
Director At-Large / IT – Eric Amberge, APG Technologies, LLC

Veteran and Guardian applications must be closely reviewed by the HFS Health & Safety Staff to ensure necessary and appropriate Honor Flight Mission support. Thus, to check status on an individual Veteran or Guardian application, please contact HFS Veterans Health & Safety Director Kara Keyes, RN, email KeyesKE@lemoyne.edu She has or can access the most recent information and is maintaining liaison with Honor Flight Rochester as well to ensure accuracy for such inquiries.
The Honor Flight Syracuse Board welcomes ideas and suggestions to help improve the Honor Flight Syracuse program to serve Central NY veterans. Please forward them via email HonorFlightSyracuse@yahoo.com for analysis, consideration and follow-up.

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