Inside the Honor Flight Committee

Honor Flight Southern Arizona: Recognized Hub of the National Honor Flight Network™

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” — James Allen, Army (February 15, 1806 – August 23, 1846)


The Honor Flight Network is a national network of 129 independent hubs working together to honor our veterans. The network and its hubs are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure. Honor Flight Network’s mission is to celebrate America’s veterans by inviting them to share in a day of honor at our nation’s war memorials in Washington D.C. Their vision is a nation where all of Americans veterans experience the honor, gratitude, and community of support they deserve. Participating veterans from WWII, the Korean and the Vietnam Wars, and terminally ill veterans from all wars are offered the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a tour  of the war memorials at no expense to the  participating veteran. A guardian accompanies each veteran on their tour, but unlike the participating veterans, the guardians travel at 100% of their own expense.

Highlights of the organization’s history:

  • In 2005, first Honor Flight in Springfield, Ohio with 12 WWII veterans, and by the end of 2005, 137 Honor Flight participants
  • In 2006, 300 veterans flown on an Honor Flight from Asheville, North Carolina
  • In 2008, Jeff Miller and Earl Morse awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal for their efforts to develop the Honor Flight program
  • In 2015, first all-female Honor Flight with 140 female veterans

Current statistics:

  • Veterans served yearly by Honor Flight Network: 22,000 veterans (and a similar number of guardian or support persons)
  • Veterans served in total since 2005: 245,000

Pat Neel, TWOQC President
FMM: August 30, 2019
Page updated: 10/18/2022 /C.Kaiser