May 19, 2020 Honor Flight has been cancelled

Due to the Coronavirus, I want to make sure that you know that the safety and health of our veterans is our number 1 priority. The National Honor Flight has required all Honor Flight hubs to suspend flights thru May 31st. We at the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight are working to reschedule this flight as soon as it is safe to do so. You will be contacted once we have more information. You will not need to submit any additional paperwork. The orientation for Sunday, April 26th is cancelled and will be rescheduled once we know the new flight date. We will contact you at that time. If the rescheduled flight date does not work for you, you will be 1st in line for the upcoming flights. Please check our website or our Facebook page for any additional info as it becomes available. The address for our website is www.eihonorflight.org or www.facebook.com/EasternIowaHonorFlight/ We value the health and safety of our veterans, their guardians, and everyone who supports the Honor Flight trips above all else. The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Board of Directors wishes you safe health during these trying times and apologizes for these unprecedented events.

April 22, 2020 Honor Flight Has been Cancelled

Due to the Coronavirus, I want to make sure that you know that the safety and health of our veterans is our number 1 priority. The National Honor Flight has required all Honor Flight hubs to suspend flights thru April 30th We at the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight are working to reschedule this flight as soon as it is safe to do so. You will be contacted once we have more information. You will not need to submit any additional paperwork. The orientation for Sunday, March 15th is cancelled and will be rescheduled once we know the new flight date. We will contact you at that time. If the rescheduled flight date does not work for you, you will be 1st in line for the upcoming flights. Please check our website or our Facebook page for any additional info as it becomes available. The address for our website is www.eihonorflight.org or www.facebook.com/EasternIowaHonorFlight/  We value the health and safety of our veterans, their guardians, and everyone who supports the Honor Flight trips above all else. The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Board of Directors wish you safe health during these trying times and apologize for these unprecedented events.

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

WELCOME HOME VETERANS

WELCOME TO THE EASTERN IOWA HONOR FLIGHT

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 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

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.

Update: The deadline for upgrading to a Real ID has been extended to October 1, 2021.

Real ID

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

REAL 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.