Every Veteran participating in an Honor Flight is assigned a Guardian for the day. Most often, the Guardian is a family member, friend, or volunteer from the Veteran’s home city who accompanies the Veteran on the plane. Occasionally, however, some Honor Flight hubs request some DC-based Guardians to accompany Veterans throughout their day here.
Serving as a D.C.-based Guardian is a rewarding experience and a great responsibility. Guardians are expected to meet the Honor Flight at the airport gate upon arrival, spend the entire day with their assigned Veteran on the bus and at every stop along the way, and return with the group to the gate for departure. From the moment the Veterans are in our hands until we return them to their loved ones in the evening, Guardians will be asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every Veteran has a safe, memorable, and rewarding experience.
Some Honor Flight hubs request volunteers to serve as Floaters. A Floater functions much in the same way as a Guardian; however, he or she is not assigned to one specific Veteran. They help ensure the safety and efficient movement of the group as a whole. Please be advised that if you volunteer as a Guardian, you might be asked to serve as a Floater instead, depending on the needs of the hub.
Qualifications of Guardians/Floaters:
* Must be between the ages of 18 and 65
* Complete a ZOOM training
* Must be physically fit enough to walk up to 3 miles throughout the day, lift 100 pounds with assistance, and push a wheelchair carrying a Veteran throughout the day;
* Must follow all the instructions from the Hub Leader and the Bus Captains;
* Must work effectively as a team member with other volunteers;
* Must be attentive to the surroundings and the location and needs of all the Veterans without distraction.
* Must adhere to the hub’s Special Health Protocol, mask requirements at the airport, on the bus and indoor spaces.
For more information on becoming a trained guardian, email firstname.lastname@example.org .