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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, these are the men and women, age 65 and over, who served at least one day of active duty (outside of any basic training active duty). For scheduling, top priority is given to WWII, Korea and terminally ill veterans.

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

  • Ryan Blackburn, Vice Chair

  • April VanDervort, Secretary

  • Ed Kendall, Treasurer

  • Phil Bronsdon

  • Lori Cronin

  • Ezra Escudero

  • Heidi Hrabcak

  • Michael Schoedinger

  • Chrishonda Smith

  • Scott Smith

  • Bonnie Sparhawk

  • Bobbie Richards, Emeritus Director

  • Bill Richards, Emeritus Director



  • Beth Johnson

     Executive Director

Board of Directors
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