What is a Guardian On A Kansas Honor Flight?
Veterans requiring special assistance must have a Guardian accompany them for their trip. A Guardian can be any friend or family member, with the exception of spouses. It is national Honor Flight policy that spouses are ineligible to accompany veterans as Guardians, unless the spouse is also a qualified veteran (fitting the same qualifications for time and service period as the veteran going on the flight).
Guardians play a significant role on every Kansas Honor Flight, ensuring that every veteran has a safe and memorable experience. Duties include, but not limited to, physically assisting the veterans at the airport, during the flight and at the memorials. Guardians must be between 18 and 70 years of age and able-bodied. Guardians are also responsible for their own expenses (airline fare, etc.). The current cost for a Guardian to take the three day trip is $800, and includes air fare, hotel, meals, and ground transportation. THE GUARDIAN CONTRIBUTION IS NOT MADE UNTIL A GUARDIAN IS CONFIRMED FOR A SPECIFIC FLIGHT. FINAL SELECTION OF QUALIFIED GUARDIANS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE FLIGHT COORDINATOR.
Guardians must fill out a Guardian Application and submit it at (or very close to) the same time as the veteran who is also applying for a Kansas Honor Flight. The Guardian Application can be filled out online below, or a printable PDF copy may be downloaded and mailed in along with a printed Veteran Application. All fields with a red asterisk in the online form are required information. In some cases, the Kansas Honor Flight may be able to provide a Guardian for a veteran if there are no available friends or family members to assume the role. Any veterans needing a Guardian provided for them, please notify us by calling 620-546-2400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: AS OF OCTOBER 1ST, 2020, ALL GUARDIANS GOING ON A KANSAS HONOR FLIGHT WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VALID "REAL ID" IN ORDER TO TRAVEL BY AIR. THIS IS A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REQUIREMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS VISIT THE DHS WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE.