Honoring the service of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans of Eastern Iowa



The mission of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is to provide veterans with a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to visit monuments and memorials built in their honor for the sacrifice and service they made for our freedom.

All veterans are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to WW2 Veterans, Korean War Veterans, and Veterans with catastrophic illness followed by Vietnam Veterans and Veterans from other conflicts. Even if you did not serve in combat you are still eligible to apply. Our mission is to take every veteran who applies. Due to a large waiting list please apply only once, your applications are kept on file.

Who is eligible to apply? Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard veterans serving during war or peace time, serving over seas or stateside.

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight accepts applications from veterans in Benton, Iowa, Jasper, Jones, Johnson, Linn, Marshall, South Tama, Poweshiek and Washington Counties. Veterans from surrounding areas are welcome if they are able to fly from The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.

Thanks to everyone who helped us make the 2019 Eastern Iowa Honor Flights a great success! Because of your continuing support we were able to fly 385 veterans to Washington, DC. We are planning to make the 2020 flight season an even bigger and better. See the calendar below for the 2020 flight dates.

Number of Flights: 38 Number of Veterans Flown: 3435

2020 Flight Dates

Flight day information

All Honor Flights depart the Eastern Iowa Airport at 7 AM and return to Cedar Rapids between 8:30 and 9:00 PM. All families and friends are encouraged to join the Welcome Home celebration to welcome their favorite veterans home and share the stories they have to tell of the trip. On the welcome home nights parking is free so join us in the festivities.

Iowans who served.

When World War 2 broke out, 226,638 Iowa men and women answered the call to duty. Of those who served 8,398 died in the line of duty. But World War 2 would not be the last time Iowans would face danger in a foreign country. From June of 1950 to the end of combat on July 27, 1953, 85,341 Iowans served in the Korean Conflict. Of those, 508 were killed. Then came Vietnam. From the first landing of Marines at Danang in March of 1965 until Saigon fell in April of 1975, 115,000 Iowans were either drafted or enlisted in all branches of service. Eight hundred sixty-seven Iowans never came home. Two other calls to duty were the Persian Gulf (August 2, 1990-February 28, 1991) and Panama/Granada invasion (October 25, 1983-December 15, 1983). Between the two, 3,935 Iowans served. Of those 7 died in the Persian Gulf and 2 in Panama/Granada.

We have started to share some articles about the men and women that fought during WWII, they can be found below.

  • Women in World War 2, Part 1
    When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 the United States was thrust into WWII. The need for men to fight in the Pacific and Europe against the Axis powers left a shortage of workers on the home front needed to produce the massive amounts of materials to win the fight on both … Read more

What you need to get a “Real ID” (Gold Star License)

This is a list of documents you will need to get a Real ID (Iowa Gold Star license.

If you are applying for your Iowa Gold Star license and do not have a name change you will need these documents:

  • proof of ID. This can be a passport or birth certificate

  • Social Security card

  • current state issued drivers license or state issued ID

  • one piece of mail with your current name and address

If you are applying for an Iowa Gold Star license and have changed your name for any reason (marriage, divorce, death,or any other reason) you will need these documents:

  • proof of ID. This can be a passport or birth certificate

  • Social Security card

  • current state issued drivers license or state issued ID

  • one piece of mail with your current name and address

  • marriage license or other legal documents providing proof of name change (including any previous name changes)

These are the items my wife and I encountered while updating our licenses. Your situation may be different. Please check with the Iowa DOT if you have any concerns or questions

If you are only applying for a Gold Star license the cost is $10.00.If you are renewing your license the cost will be the current renewal fee.

Real ID

What documents do I need to get a gold star on my license or ID?


Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, If you fly commercially you’ll either need a REAL ID license or ID or another acceptable identity document, or you’re going to be subject to additional screening and potential delay.