History of The Honor Flight Network
The inaugural Honor Flight Network Tour took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC. In August of 2005, an ever-expanding waiting list of veterans led our transition to commercial airline carriers with the goal of accommodating as many veterans as possible. Partnering with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North Carolina, we formed the “Honor Flight Network.” Today, we continue working aggressively to expand our programs to other cities across the nation.
About Kansas Honor Flight
The Kansas Honor Flight formed in 2012. This 501 (c) 3 non-profit is governed by a 12 member board of directors. Through the end of 2023, 3,657 Kansas veterans who served our country during the WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War eras have been provided this memorable trip to visit their Memorials in Washington, D.C. We currently have two flights in the spring and two flights in the fall.
The mission of the Kansas Honor Flight is to honor all of our veterans of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War by providing them with a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built in their honor and to take part in some of the ceremonies at those memorials. The trip is provided at no cost to qualified veterans.
The funds to provide this free trip to qualified veterans come from a grateful public. No funding is received from federal, state, or local governments. Additionally, KHF has no paid employees, offices, vehicles, office equipment, etc.
The cost to send a veteran on the normal 3 day-2 night trip is approximately $900.00. Guardians who travel with those veterans needing assistance contribute to cover their expenses. Veterans are called in the order that they submit their applications with priority given to WWII, then Korean War, and then Vietnam War veterans. Any veteran from these war eras who is deemed to be terminally ill is given top priority. Please see our FAQs page or applications page for more information.