The following information is from the State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. The Honor Flight Network 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.
Honor Flight Network Hubs in Wisconsin
A hub for the Greater Fox River Valley area, Old Glory Honor Flight, Inc., is based in Appleton. For more information, visit their website or call Drew MacDonald (888) 6-FLY-VET (888-635-9838).
A hub serving a 120 mile radius of La Crosse, the Freedom Honor Flights, is based in La Crosse. See their website for more information, including veterans and guardian applications and donor and sponsor information, or call (608) 784-1015.
A hub for the Greater Madison area, Badger Honor Flight, Inc. is based in Madison. See their website or call Brian Ziegler (608) 578-5918 for more information.
A hub for the Greater Milwaukee area, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, is based in Ozaukee County. Information and applications are available online at the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight website, 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 the Never Forgotten Honor Flight website 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.