All Honor Flights canceled through the remainder of 2020.

The National Board has extended the suspension of all Honor Flight travel through the remainder of calendar year 2020.  This decision was not made lightly. We’d like to share a note from Meredith Rosenbeck, CEO, from the national office: “The safety of our veterans has always been and will continue to be the number one priority of the Honor Flight Network.  Our veterans are among the most vulnerable of the population as it relates to serious complications and death from COVID-19 and, as a result of this, it is just not prudent for Honor Flight to risk the health and safety of those we seek to honor at this juncture. The national staff will continue to be available to assist Hubs in any way we can or answer any questions you may have.  We look forward to resuming flights with you all again in 2021.”

Honor Flight suspension extended through June 30

A note from the National Honor Flight Board

HFN Flight Suspension Extension:  Based on current federal and state guidelines, the HFN mandatory flight suspension has been extended through June 30.  Currently, Maryland’s stay home order is “indefinite” in duration and Virginia’s stay home order runs through at least June 10.  Also, Arlington National Cemetery remains closed to the public and there is no date certain upon which ANC will reopen to the public and/or resume public viewing of the changing of the guard.  We are continuing to monitor the federal and DC area orders very closely and will keep you all updated.  The Honor Flight Board will meet again on May 13th to further discuss this matter and determine if any further suspensions are necessary under the circumstances at that time.

Stay safe!

Real ID deadline extended by 1 year

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

“Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

“Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security.”

Last Published Date: March 26, 2020

More information can be found here on the DHS website

March and April Honor Flights postponed until further notice

Effective immediately, Honor Flights are suspended until at least April 30, 2020 – please check back regularly for updates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has reported a growing incidence of coronavirus (“COVID-19”) infections across the United States.

The leadership and Board of Honor Flight Network have been closely monitoring guidance from the health authorities concerning COVID-19. The CDC recently issued advisory that adults over the age of 60 are particularly at risk of infection and should avoid all non-essential air travel.  In consideration of the CDC’s guidance and the serious nature of the public health threat posed by COVID-19, the national Board is issuing a mandatory suspension of all Honor Flight trips effective immediately through at least April 30, 2020.  The national Board will continue to monitor CDC guidance over the coming weeks to determine if the mandatory suspension of Honor Flight travel will be extended further.

We value the health and safety of our veterans, their guardians, and everyone who supports the Honor Flight trips above all else. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

New Real ID requirements for GAP passes (starting 2020)

Starting 1 October 2020, everyone will need a Real ID driver’s license to board a plane. This includes receiving a GAP to go through security to greet an Honor Flight. If you don’t have a Real ID license you will need a passport or another form of documentation.
Difference Between the Two Cards
  • Standard credential:
    Your standard driver’s license, like the one you may have in your wallet right now, can be used to drive. In addition, a driver’s license or identification card can be used as ID to vote, cash a check, apply for or receive government benefits, or conduct everyday local business.The next time you renew your standard credential and choose not to upgrade to a REAL ID, it will display “Federal Limits Apply” in the top right corner in order to distinguish it from a REAL ID compliant credential. Because of a federal law change, beginning October 1, 2020, you will not be able to use this style to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities. If you have a U.S. Passport or another form of approved identification, you can use that instead.  Effective immediately, some military bases may no longer accept non-REAL ID compliant credentials which display “Federal Limits Apply.” Please verify identification requirements prior to your visit.

    Picture of Non compliant Real ID License
  • REAL ID compliant credential:
    The new REAL ID compliant driver’s license and identification card can also be used for all of the same purposes as a standard credential.

    However, beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require you to present this upgraded REAL ID compliant credential or another form of approved identification in order to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities.
    REAL ID compliant credentials display a small star in the upper right corner to indicate they meet federal requirements. Choose which documents you’ll need to bring to DMV to get a REAL ID with DMV’s interactive Document Guide.
    Picture of Real ID License
Important Things to Remember:
  • You will not need this credential for domestic air travel until October 1, 2020. Until then, you can use your current driver’s license or identification card to board a plane.
  • The credential is completely optional. If you won’t need it, you don’t need to get it but remember you cannot use a NON REAL ID to get a GAP pass.