Each of our guardians has special training and many of them have taken several trips. We do this to help ensure the safety of our veterans. Each guardian has multiple duties. Most importantly, a guardian looks after the needs and safety of his or her veteran(s) and completes assigned duties to see that the flight and tour bus activities are performed safely and in a timely manner.
Who will or will not serve as a guardian, and how many guardians will be needed, is the sole responsibility of the Honor Flight Columbus Guardian Coordinator. That decision is based upon many factors, such as:
- How many veterans are scheduled to go?
- Of the disabled veterans going, how many will have to be physically assisted getting on and off the bus?
What are the requirements to be a guardian?
A guardian is:
- Generally 18 – 65 years old — our guiding philosophy has always been that the guardian be younger than the veteran he or she accompanies
- Able to lift 50 lbs.
- Able to push a heavily loaded wheelchair for extended period
- Able to attend the three-hour training 9 days prior to the flight
- Able to pay the guardian fee of $400 to help offset their cost for the flight so that other donations go directly to benefit the veterans
- Able to take direction
- A team player
- In good physical health
Preference is given to people who have served or are currently serving in the military, those who are medically trained, and/or have volunteered for Honor Flight Columbus in other capacities. The applicants physically capable of assisting in the lifting of certain veterans is also a top priority.
Only under certain limited medical circumstances will a family member be selected as a guardian. A member of our medical team will need to consult with the veteran’s primary care physician. In addition, the family guardian must meet the various requirements, and take three-hour training program.
Guardians need to submit a different application, including medical emergency information and an indemnity agreement. Submit the form here:
Help our vets enjoy their day of honor, celebration, and sharing. It is a wonderful day for the guardians, as well.
Learn more about being a volunteer guardian by reviewing the training material we have assembled here.