WHEELCHAIRS — 100% of the veterans we have transported visited THEIR memorials in wheelchairs; this is primarily for their safety. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact, and all of the coaches we use are equipped with wheelchair lifts. We provide wheelchairs, except motorized wheelchairs, from our gathering and departure from San Antonio International Airport until our return home. Veterans that permanently require the use of self-propelled wheelchairs are asked to be prepared to leave their wheelchair with family or friends at the airport. Those veterans with a motorized wheelchair will be transported in that wheelchair at all times, and will always be accompanied by a guardian.
OXYGEN — If a veteran requires oxygen a prescription for the oxygen must be provided by the veteran’s healthcare provider, also identifying the delivery method (mask or nasal cannula), frequency (‘as needed’ or ‘continuously’), and the rate of delivery (2-3 liters per minute, etc). Honor Flight, in conjunction with the airline, will provide an FAA-approved oxygen concentrator for use during the trip if local oxygen equipment is not available. We also provide oxygen cylinders to be used upon arrival in D.C. An overnight concentrator will be provided for use in the hotel room during our overnight stay. Veterans on oxygen are required to have oxygen cylinders available from their home to the airport and also on the return from the airport back to their homes. No oxygen cylinders are permitted to be used on the aircraft.
If oxygen is required it is the veterans or family’s responsibility to make Honor Flight San Antonio aware of this need, and to ensure the required information is readily available (entered on the application and through follow-up communications). Unfortunately, any veteran not complying with these (advance notice) requirements will not be able to travel because of the time required to make the necessary arrangements with Honor Flight team members in the Washington, D.C. area.