Guardian Application

We do not accept Guardian Applications.  If you are interested in flying with a Veteran, please include your information on their Veteran Application.

Guardians are essential to the success of the Honor Flight Network Program. Without these volunteers, we would not be able to carry out the dreams of so many Veterans, enabling them to see the memorials built in their honor.

Badger Honor Flight assigns every Veteran a guardian to accompany the Veteran for the day in D.C.  If a Veteran does not wish to choose their own guardian, BHF will assign one of our trained volunteers to perform this role. 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.

Guardian responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Assist Veterans with getting their boarding passes, lanyard badges, and jackets at check-in.
  • Help get the Veterans through security and to the gate.
  • Assist in boarding/unboarding the airplane and buses, going up/down escalators, bus stairs, and in the bathrooms.
  • Spending quality time with the Veteran throughout the day – listening to their stories and taking pictures.

Badger Honor Flight’s Guardian Requirements:

  • No spouses of Veterans going on the flight are eligible to be Guardians
  • Must be between the ages of 18-69
  • Must be willing to assist all Veterans as needed
  • Must be physically capable of performing the Guardian role, which includes assisting Veterans getting in/out of seats and wheelchairs; up/down escalators; and up/down stairs
  • Must be able to push your Veteran in a wheelchair for a minimum of one hour at a time including up and down inclines
  • Must be capable of independent communication with Veterans, Badger Honor Flight staff, and others
  • Must not require use of canes, crutches, walkers, slings, have back issues, casts, or other limiting physical strength and agility etc
  • Must be able to safely push a wheelchair up and down an incline
  • Must attend Mandatory Guardian Training
  • Guardian pays for their own trip. The price of the trip is $500

Because they play such a significant role in our program, Badger Honor Flight reserves the right to disqualify any Guardian based upon the requirements listed above.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at (608) 616-0243 or via email at:

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