About Us

Mission Statement

To honor America's senior veterans with a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the nation's memorials.

To help them share their stories.

To celebrate and affirm their service and homecoming.

Honoring Our Senior Veterans


Honor Flight Columbus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring America’s veterans from WWII through the Vietnam War with a trip to Washington DC to visit their service and war memorials.  These trips are free of charge to any qualified veteran. We strive to help veterans share their stories with future generations, as well as celebrate their service to our country with a proper homecoming that many of them never received. With the conclusion of the 2022 flight season we have successfully flown 119 missions that totaled over 8,600 veterans. Our organization is funded entirely by donations from various businesses, foundations, school organizations and other grateful Americans.


Honor Flight Columbus accepts applications from America’s senior Veterans: Currently, anyone who has served on active duty prior to May 7th, 1975 (the end of the Vietnam War). Veterans with guard/reserve service of over 20 years during that period are also eligible.

Veterans are placed on a waiting list and are booked in the order that we receive their applications. WWII, Korea and terminally ill veterans receive priority and are booked on the first available flight.

Board of Directors & Staff

Founded: 2006

Board Members and Staff:

Executive Committee

  • Jason Black, Chair

  • Dr. Lori Cronin, Vice Chair

  • Cindy Kanwar, Secretary

  • Brian Long, Treasurer

  • Ryan Blackburn

  • Ezra Escudero

  • Jennifer Kiser

  • Joe Machado

  • Michael Schoedinger

  • John Shore

  • Scott Smith

  • Bonnie Sparhawk

  • April VanDervort

  • Bobbie Richards, Emeritus Director

  • Bill Richards, Emeritus Director



Need A Speaker?

We have knowledgeable speakers who are glad to meet with members of your organization.

Just call 614-284-4987 or e-mail us at info@honorflightcmh.org to schedule a speaker.