Honor Flights

The following information is from http://dva.state.wi.us The Honor Flight Network, http://www.honorflight.org, began in 2005 in Dayton, Ohio with the purpose of flying veterans free of charge to see the memorials created for them in Washington D.C. A retired Air Force Captain working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Earl Morse, initiated the network to allow World War II veterans to visit the then recently completed National WWII monument in Washington D.C. free of charge. Volunteers accompanied the WWII veterans who were now in their 80s to assist them as many were unable to make such a trip with family or by themselves.

The WWII veterans are being given preference due to their age, along with the fact that the memorial was not completed until almost 60 years after that war. Terminally ill veterans from all other wars will also be considered and given priority.

The Honor Flight Network Hubs in Wisconsin are:
A hub for the Greater Fox River Valley area, Old Glory Honor Flight, Inc. is based in Appleton. For more information visit their website at http://www.oldgloryhonorflight.org or call Drew MacDonald (888) 6-FLY-VET (888-635-9838).

A hub serving a 120 mile radius of Lacrosse, the Freedom Honor Flights, is based in La Crosse. See their website, http://www.freedomhonorflight.org, for veterans and guardian applications, donor and sponsor information, or for more information; or call (608) 784-1015.

A hub for the Greater Madison area, Badger Honor Flight, Inc. is based in Madison. See their website at http://www.badgerhonorflight.org or call Brian Ziegler (608) 578-5918.

A hub for the Greater Milwaukee area, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, is setup in Ozaukee County. Information and applications are available online at http://www.starsandstripeshonorflight.org and questions can be directed to Ozaukee County Veterans Service Office at (262) 238-7740.

A hub for the 19 northern Wisconsin counties, Never Forgotten Honor Flight, is based in Wausau. For more information visit their website at http://www.neverforgottenhonorflight.com or call (715) 573-8519.

Honor Flight Northland is a non-profit organization created solely to honor veterans living in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin for all their sacrifices. For more information, please visit their website at honorflightnorthland.org.