Honor Flight, Inc. and affiliated hubs in the national Honor Flight Network are private, not-for-profit organizations created solely to honor America’s Veterans for their many sacrifices. Today, there are 128 regional hubs in the United States.

Honor Flight first flew in May 2005 with six small planes flying twelve WWII veterans, departing from Springfield, Ohio. In 2006, with a rapidly expanding waiting list, the program transitioned to commercial airline carriers to accommodate more veterans. That same year Honor Flight partnered with Honor Air in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Hero Flight in Provo, Utah, to establish the national “Honor Flight Network” which has expanded aggressively to include cities across the nation. By 2007 official Network hubs had been established in 32 cities, to localize community commitment, operational planning, and fund-raising.

By the numbers

Veterans Flown 2019


  • WWII - 1,987
  • Korean - 6,176
  • Vietnam - 13,070
  • Other - 1,812

Guardians Flown 2018


Total Veterans flown since inception


Total Guardians flown since inception


Goal for 2022

20,000 WWII, Korea, Vietnam and any Terminally Ill Vet!

Current Honor Flight Hubs

128 Hubs currently serving 43 states

Soldiers at D.C. Memorial with Veterans and Guardians watching from the background

Honor Flight of the Ozarks
2,246 Veterans Flown Since Inception

Veterans standing at memorial

Honoring Our Veterans

Because of generous donors like you, our honored and deserving Veterans travel absolutely FREE!

In December 2013, Honor Flight of the Ozarks became the 133rd regional hub in the national Honor Flight Network. Our board members and volunteers are honored and committed to providing flights to Washington D.C. for thousands of our deserving Veterans in Southwest Missouri.

Honor Flight volunteers standing around a sitting veteran


Our Honor Flight would not be possible without the financial support from private and corporate donors and sponsors. We are also seeking to broaden our base of fund-raising programs throughout Southwest Missouri with Veteran organizations such as VFW, American Legion, and business clubs such as Rotary and Kiwanis. We will continue to partner with all church denominations and Boy and Girl Scouts, and especially enjoy the enthusiastic support of our schools and students who benefit so much from the personal involvement with our Veterans through our Speakers Bureau. Veterans fill the gaps in American History and Social Studies curriculum as they continue the legacy of the wonderful stories which began with our founding fathers to our current military men and women. Our students love our Veterans!

Honor Flight of the Ozarks is a non-profit organization as a 501 (c) (3). All donations are deductible to the extent determined by law.

Our goal is to honor and recognize the sacrifices our Veterans made so that we may all continue to enjoy our freedoms and way of life. Our small token of our appreciation for them is to give them a memorable trip of a lifetime to visit their Memorials in Washington D.C. in a VIP manner that befits the heroic status they occupy in the hearts of all Americans.

Your generous support allows us to accomplish our goal of honoring our Veterans!

HFO Leadership Team

Honor Flight of the Ozarks is a member of the Honor Flight Network

Board of Directors

Bill Cox - Director, Board President

Ron McCall - Director, Board Vice President

Douglas Evans - Co-Founder, Director, Board Treasurer

Walt Cameron - Co-Founder, Director

Steve Bach - Director

Dave Thater - Director

Gary Ellison - Director

Ned Reynolds - Director

David T. Snider - Director, Flight Coordinator

Gary Doucey - Director

Zach McFarland - Director

Charles Jerman - Director

Theresa Suda - Director

Scott McChrystal - Director, Chaplain

Advisory Board of Directors

Hayden Harrison - Advisory Director

Chaz Koeppen - Advisory Director

David Thater - Advisory Director

Mike Totten - Advisory Director


Lora Combs - Office Administrator

Shawn Moore - Assistant Flight Coordinator


Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam who meet eligibility requirements are entitled to a medallion, medal and certificate. Any spouse or eldest living survivor of a veteran who meets the eligibility requirements but died prior to having made application, is entitled to a medallion, medal and certificate.

The program is administered through the Missouri National Guard at no cost.

Recognition Application