NCIS TV Show to Cast Primetime Spotlight on Honor Flight! MARCH 28th-Set your DVR!

– Karen Maex

Simply put, Honor Flight would not exist without the support of our loyal volunteers. We love to hear people say they’ve never seen the type of devoted volunteers we have. And it’s you who know, better than most, the countless hours of planning, scheduling and coordinating that go into getting every flight off the ground…and even more importantly, the sense of satisfaction and pride that come from showing our gratitude to our senior-most war veterans.

On Tuesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. EST, viewers of CBS-TV’s top-rated primetime drama, NCIS, will get a glimpse into our world, the too-often unheralded fruits of your labor, and the remarkable men and women we are honored to serve.

NCIS writer Gina Lucita Monreal found her inspiration for the episode in her grandfather-in-law’s Honor Flight experience, and the renewed sense of pride and purpose with which he returned home after his day of honor in Washington, D.C. While the episode’s storyline is fictional, the deep and meaningful connections established among travelling veterans, and the passion of Honor Flight’s volunteers, shine through true and clear.
This unprecedented nationwide exposure provides each of us with an invaluable opportunity to move closer to our shared goal of personally thanking every WWII and Korean war veteran with his or her long-overdue day of honor. We can use it as a catalyst for reaching local veterans who’ve yet to fly with Honor Flight, encouraging the crucial financial and volunteer support needed to further our mission, and forging new relationships that will enable us to honor veterans now and long into the future.

We urge you to tune in to this special episode of NCIS on March 28, and encourage your friends, family, business associates and community connections to do the same.

Countdown to Mission 29

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Mission 29:  Tues. April 25 (Orientation on Sat. April 22)

Mission 30: Tues. June 6   (Orientation on Sat. June 3)

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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).

“WE WANT YOU” to be an “Honor Flight Ambassador”.


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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.

To continue our flights, your donations are key! Also, if you have time to volunteer, HFWCF can use your help. Your energy helps the thousands of local Veterans enjoy their Honor Flight.

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.