Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What will we see?
Our first priority is to have our veterans see their World War II Memorial and the Women’s Memorial if we have females on our trip. We also take the veterans to see the Changing of The Guard at Arlington National Cemetery as well as the wreath laying ceremony. Time permitting, we will also go to the Lincoln, Korean and Vietnam Veteran’s memorial. The itinerary may change with little or no notice.
Will I be on my own during this trip?
No, every veteran is paired with a guardian who will help them get around and assist with any needs they may have.
Who can serve as a guardian?
Any adult family member or friend may serve as a guardian to a veteran but must be physically able to push a wheelchair and walk 3-5 miles. The fee is $1000 to be a guardian which covers airfare, meals, double-occupancy hotel room for two nights and bus travel within Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Please let us know as soon as possible if a family member wishes to serve as your guardian so we can have them fill out an application. If a veteran does not have a family member or friend to travel with, HFNNM will provide a guardian.
If a family member serves guardian, will he/she share a room with the veteran?
Veterans and guardians who are family members typically share a room. Guardians who are not family members will share a room with another guardian and the veteran will share a room with another veteran. If the guardian is not a family member but knows the veteran, the two may share a room if it is mutually agreed upon by both parties.
Can my wife/ husband serve as my guardian?
No, spouses cannot serve as guardians.
Can my wife/ husband travel with us?
We typically do not allow spouses to travel with us but will make exceptions in some cases, such as an anniversary falling on the travel dates. The spouse, or "angel”, however, must be 100% self- reliant as the focus of the coordinators and guardian will be on the veteran. Should a spouse go on the trip, he/she is considered an “angel”. The fee for an “angel” is $1000 which covers airfare, meals, double occupancy hotel room for two nights and bus travel within Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In the case of a spouse traveling with a veteran, the two will share a room.
Can we bring additional family members?
No, we do not allow additional family members to travel with the group. Should adult family members choose to make the trip on their own, they are responsible for all arrangements including air, lodging, meals and transportation within Baltimore and Washington, D.C. We discourage bringing children.
If family members go, can they share a room with a veteran and a familiar guardian?
No. Because HFNNM has paid for rooms on a double occupancy basis, we discourage the sharing of rooms beyond that of a guardian and veteran. We try to make this trip as comfortable as possible for the veteran and that includes giving them space within their hotel room.
I’ve heard we leave very early in the morning and I live out of town. What should I do?
HFNNM will pay for a hotel room if needed the night prior to departure for any veteran/ guardian living outside a 75 mile radius of our departure site, which is typically the Marriott Pyramid Hotel near I-40 and Jefferson in Albuquerque. Please let us know if you will need such arrangements.
I need oxygen. What should I do?
Please get us your prescription for oxygen as soon as you’re able so we can arrange for oxygen. Make sure it shows the frequency and flow rates. If a POC (Portable Oxygen Concentrator) is rented for the trip, HFNNM will reimburse the cost of the rental only (up to $300).
Can we apply our frequent flyer miles to the flight?
Unfortunately, we cannot. Because this is a charter flight, frequent flyer miles cannot be applied.
If a veteran has family members in the Washington D.C. area, do they have to return to Albuquerque with the rest of the group?
It’s up to the discretion of the veteran whether or not they want to remain in Washington, D.C. with family members. Vets need to realize, however, that they will miss out on a big part of what Honor Flight is all about, including the welcome home by the public at the Albuquerque Sunport. If the decision is made to stay behind, a family member must take charge of them at the hotel the morning we depart back to Albuquerque. HFNNM will not pay for a later flight back to Albuquerque. A release from liability will need to be signed prior to separation from the group.
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