Home Visit with Distinguished Veterans
Karen Maez, one of the Board Directors, had the honor to visit with WWII Veterans Arletta and Max Hamilton. They met while stationed at Great Lakes. Arletta was a Navy nurse and Max was a Navy physical trainer. Both are 95 years old and have been married for 73 years. Due to health issues they could not go on a flight or attend the Honor Flight at Home. So we arranged a home visit. Both proudly and immediately put on their hats and were so excited with the shirts too. But most of all they couldn’t wait to read all the letters from mail call. I truly was overwhelmed by their grace and humility. God bless our Veterans!
Arletta and Max Hamilton with Karen Maex
Countdown to Mission 29
Mission 29: Tues. April 25 (Orientation on Sat. April 22)
Our first flight of 2017 – Mission 29 Welcome Home
Bring your friends and families to cheer their return, and meet these American heroes. Spread the word to everyone, cheerleaders, scouts, school groups, social clubs, & civic clubs! Bring your American Flag, wear red, white, or blue, make a sign.
Seating is limited so bring a chair.
Mission 30: Tues. June 6 (Orientation on Sat. June 3)
Click on 7th Honor Flight at Home to see the photos from Feb. 25th event.
Give Day Tampa Bay on May 2
Please participate in Give a Day Tampa Bay for Honor Flight West Central Florida. Give Day Tampa Bay, the 24-hour online giving challenge, returns for a fourth year on May 2, 2017.
To continue our flights, your donations are key! HFWCF can use your help. Support the 1000s of local Veterans enjoy their Honor Flight.
Are you up for another challenge? This will far exceed our previous ones of mail call and postage stamps (even though we will always accept your continued support with these two).
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We realize many of our Veterans have reached a stage in their life that flying to Washington D.C. is no longer an option.
For those Veterans, we invite them to a local Honor Flight at Home event. If you are a War-Era Veteran and interested in attending, please click here HF at Home Veteran to download the application.
Please call us with any questions (727) 498-6079.
If you are a Veteran and interested in joining us on an upcoming mission, please download, complete and submit your application.
If you are interested in becoming a guardian and sharing in the experience of a lifetime, please download, complete and submit your application.
In 2016, we touched the lives of 301 Veterans who flew on four missions, and 167 Veterans who were honored during our “Honor Flight at Home” programs. With the deepest of gratitude, thank you for making this possible.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our Honor Flight Missions in 2016. Your dedication to our Nation’s heroes is to be commended. See Mission videos and photos on our Honor Flight of West Central Florida Facebook page!
- In 2016, we completed four flights and three Honor Flights at Home.
- Veterans Flown: 2,274 to their Memorials in Washington D.C.
- Flights completed: 28
- In 2016: 167 Veterans flew to their Memorials in Washington D.C.
- Veterans Honored at Home: 167 Veterans
- Years of service: 5
- In 2015, we completed five flights.
- In 2012 we completed four, in 2013 completed seven and in 2014 we completed four.
- In 2011, our inaugural year, with significant support from corporate sponsors and individual donors, we completed four Honor Flights.
With an estimated 32,000 War-era Veterans living in the West Central Florida area, we have a huge challenge. We need continued support from grateful Americans like yourselves, and the generous participation of area corporations to honor these War-Era Veterans with a tour to D.C. in the manner they deserve.
PRIORITY – Top priority is given to War-era Veterans and terminally ill Veterans that have not yet visited their memorial.
PLEASE NOTE: We schedule our veterans first in and first out. We currently have over 300 War-era Veterans on our waiting list. Once flown, we will begin to fly our Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam Veterans and continue in chronological order of conflict. They all have given so much and it is time we show them that their efforts are not forgotten. Please consider donating, volunteering, and/or accompanying a Veteran to D.C. as their Guardian. It will be a lifetime memory for you.
We were so very honored to have Anthony Allred join us on our 25th Honor Flight Mission. Anthony masterfully captured the essence on our objectives:
- Pay tribute to our War Veterans
- Show them the Memorials built in ‘TH🇺🇸IR’ honor
- Give them the ‘Welcome Home’ most of them never received! Please reach out to all WWII and Korean War Veterans you know, or meet, and encourage them to apply to go on an Honor Flight!
If you are a Veteran and interested in joining us on an upcoming mission, please complete and submit your application.
If you are interested in becoming a guardian and sharing in the experience of a lifetime, please complete and submit your application.