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Fall flights are underway!

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Mission 28 is Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (orientation  is Saturday, October 29, 2016)

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Watch our facebook page for pictures and status updates!

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 BRIEF:

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Honor Flight Missions in 2015. 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!

  • Veterans Flown: 1,957 to their Memorials in Washington D.C. 
  • Flights completed: 26
  • Veterans Honored at Home: 88 Veterans
  • Years of service: 5
  • In 2011, our inaugural year, with significant support from corporate sponsors and individual donors, we completed four Honor Flights.
  • In 2012 we completed four, in 2013 completed seven and in 2014 we completed four.
  • In 2015, we completed five 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.

18 Comments

  1. Bryana Hernandez's Gravatar Bryana Hernandez
    May 23, 2016    

    My grandfather, Frank Tooley, went on the April 2015 Greenville Upstate flight. His bag with his jacket and some other belongings was misplaced somewhere along the way. I have checked everywhere with anyone I can think of with no luck. It is a black jacket with his name badge and a few other badges on the front, and a Korean War badge on the back. If anyone knows anything about it, please contact me at 8645165334. Thank you.

  2. May 21, 2016    

    If you have not already done so, please go to our website http://www.honorflightwcf.org and Apply for a Flight by completing the Veteran Application and mailing it to our PO Box as per the instructions. This trip is free for our Veterans. WE look forward to having your father-in-law on our upcoming flights.

  3. May 20, 2016    

    If you have not already done so, please go to our website http://www.honorflightwcf.org and Apply for a Flight by completing the Veteran Application and mailing it to our PO Box as per the instructions. This trip is free for our Veterans. WE look forward to having your father-in-law on our upcoming flights.

  4. Stephen Doug Barnett's Gravatar Stephen Doug Barnett
    May 12, 2016    

    I was honored to be selected to go on Mission 25 with my Army buddy of Salzburg, Austria days in 1953/55. It was a great honor and privilege to go on this flight together. The hundreds of volunteers for Honor flight is outstanding. The whole trip went without hitch for the veterans. Thanks to everyone for making this happen for so many veterans of several wars.
    Then return greeting was overwhelming as we shook hands with so many true Americans that night. It made me proud to have served in the U.S. Army many years ago.
    God Bless America.
    Doug Barnett

  5. Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
    May 5, 2016    

    Please go to http://www.honorflightwcf.org and fill out a Veteran and/or guardian application. You’ll find them at the top right corner of the website at the Apply for a Flight button. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  6. Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
    May 4, 2016    

    So happy that the trip was memorable and that grand dad agreed to go!
    Spread the word to family and friends about Honor Flight!

  7. Stephanie Knepper's Gravatar Stephanie Knepper
    April 17, 2016    

    Please explain what you need–besides a donation, I didn’t quite understand what you would like for volunteers to do! Thx

    • Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
      May 5, 2016    

      Stephanie thank you for the great question. It is something that we have been talking about and will soon post on our web page and facebook the “Wish List ” for Honor Flight of West Central Florida. Stay tuned!

  8. David Herrington's Gravatar David Herrington
    April 11, 2016    

    I submitted an application to be an escort for an Honor Flight and have not been notified of anything. I am a member of VFW Post 12055 in Bradenton Florida

    • Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
      May 5, 2016    

      Dave, Barb M. is our Guardian Coordinator iand is working on our June mission. I am sure she will be in touch.

  9. Tracy Biediger's Gravatar Tracy Biediger
    April 10, 2016    

    My stepfather is a 92 yr old WW II vet living in Punta Gorda. I would like to help him apply for an Honor Flight but do not see a link for your application.
    I first found your site a few yrs ago but did not pursue the application because it sounded as though there were no more flights planned at that time.

    Thank you!
    Tracy

    • Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
      May 4, 2016    

      Tracy, thank you for your note. Honor Flight of West Central Florida flies from St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport and if this is convenient for you and your step-father, we would be happy to have him fly with us. If not, please go to Honor Flight Network and click on the link to HUBS to see if there is hub that would be closer to him.
      Our goal is to reach out and fly as many Veterans as we can!

  10. Ralph R. Knapp's Gravatar Ralph R. Knapp
    April 1, 2016    

    To whom it may concern:
    Please let know about your volunteer program.
    I feel very strong about this program and the work being done.

    • Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
      May 5, 2016    

      Please go to our website at: http://www.honorflightwcf.org and download a Volunteer Application.
      Once we receive the application, we will add your name to our distribution list for updates and volunteer opportunities.
      Thanks for volunteering!

  11. Shannon Silva's Gravatar Shannon Silva
    March 21, 2016    

    I was at the air show Sunday March 20th at the Mac Dill airforce base, where I was invited to join the Honor Flight. My Uncle and Step father are both veterans, not of world war II but never the less I think the Honor flight is an amazing program. If you need a volunteer to help assist one of these wonderful heros, please let me know. Thank you so much.

    • Barb Howard's Gravatar Barb Howard
      April 20, 2016    

      Please go to http://www.honorflightwcf.org and fill out a volunteer and/or guardian application. You’ll find them at the top right corner of the website at the Apply for a Flight button. Looking forward to working with you.

  12. Shirley Gray's Gravatar Shirley Gray
    February 26, 2016    

    My father, 4 uncles and my grandfather were WWII veterans, as well as my brother being a Viet Nam Veteran. I would like to volunteer to be an escort for a Veteran if there is a need. I live in Largo, FL and am available at any time. Please feel free to contact me at my email address. Thank you for your service to our Country and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Shirley Gray

    • Dave Howard's Gravatar Dave Howard
      March 11, 2016    

      I received your request to be a guardian for one of our Honor Flights. Please call Barbara Mills at 352-422-6236. Also, please print a guardian application and mail it to the address listed. The application can be found under: Apply for a Flight. Thanks