You may just end up with a once in a lifetime friendship. These two were complete strangers a couple of months ago.
Guardians: An Essential Element
Guardians are essential to the success of the Honor Flight Southern Nevada Program. Without these hard working individuals we would not be able to carry out the dreams of so many veterans, enabling them to see the memorials built in their honor. Guardians will have a great time, seeing these memorials through these heroes’ eyes. The Guardian is responsible for all of their expenses, paid to Honor Flight Southern Nevada. An application (click link to complete online application) must be completed to be considered. Spouses or Significant others may not go as guardians unless they are a veteran.
Typically during our trips, we try to pair up veterans either one-on-one or two-to-one guardian, if they are able bodied veterans. Even before the veterans arrive at the airport, the guardian’s responsibilities begin with flight preparation and going over their packets of material. Once the veterans start to arrive, guardians will ensure boarding passes and IDs are available, distribute Honor Flight Network shirts, get the veterans through security and to the gate, assist in boarding, etc.
Because of the role of the guardians, it is important guardians are able to push a wheelchair all day – up inclines, lift a wheelchair on and off the bus, help should someone fall and in general be observant at all times to what is going on with the veterans. Spouses may not serve as guardians. There are physical requirements for Guardians and it is not to be taken lightly.
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. Guardians are volunteers and are expected to pay for their trip. It may seem odd to pay to volunteer as a Guardian, but we could not make these trips possible without the Guardian paying for their expenses. Fundraising goes to pay for the veterans as they are to pay nothing out of pocket for this trip. Prices will vary depending on the departure city and airline fares. Here is a link to the application. https://honorflightsouthernnevada.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/guardian-application-2.17.pdf
Honor Flight Southern Nevada is a volunteer program created to honor our veterans for all they have sacrificed to make this a better world. Without the support of these volunteers, there is no way that we would be able to provide the opportunity to fly our heroes to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials created in their honor.
Examples of volunteer positions include sending off the veterans at the airport in the morning and welcoming them home at the end of the trip with a cheering reception; answering office phones and entering application info into the data system; mailing requested material and purchased merchandise; as well as contacting veterans and guardians to make arrangements based on our projected flight schedules.
If you would like to volunteer your services, please contact us. You can be a part of making our veterans’ dreams a reality. You can make a difference. Thank you for your support. Please go to the applications page and click on the volunteer application.
For further information, call 702-749-5912
or via email at volunteer@HonorFlightSouthernNevada.org
Applications can be mailed to: 6720 N. Hualapai Way Suite 145-176 Las Vegas, NV 89149 or faxed to 702-749-5933
To volunteer at the DC airports, please email the Airport Coordinators from Honor Flight Network for more information. You can find their emails on their webpage. www.honorflight.org