Rocky Mountain Honor Flight is a Denver Colorado-based non-profit organization formed in 2007. Our goal is to fly every able and willing World War II veteran to Washington D.C. to visit “their” World War II Memorial. We are a member of Honor Flight Network, which began this activity in 2005 and began flying with commercial charter aircraft in 2006 from Dayton, Ohio. There are now about 105 “hubs”, from which flights originate around the country. National Honor Flight Network provides us with logistical support as well as arranging activities in Washington D.C.
Veterans must fill out an application form, which can be found on our application page and printed or downloaded. Trained volunteer Guardians accompany all veterans on each flight. Volunteers can apply to be a Guardian by downloading or printing the form available here. Various private and commercial donors support us. We are supported by many veterans’ organizations in the region. We have no paid staff. Our volunteers organize the veterans for travel, arrange the travel both to and from Washington, and arrange all transportation, activities and meals in Washington. The “journey”is usually 3 days and 2 nights, spending several hours at the World War II Memorial, and visiting other Washington landmarks such as the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Marine Corps War Memorial.
At the current time, for obvious reasons, priority is given to World War II veterans. If a veteran is certified terminally ill by a doctor but able to travel, he or she moves up the priority list no matter what their era of service. We hope to launch at least four flights per year and perhaps more, providing we get enough financial support. Anyone interested in donating can do so by selecting the “DONATE NOW” tab on the home page.
We are pleased to announce that upon review of our application for tax exempt status, the IRS has determined that RMHF is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to RMHF are deductible under section 170 of the code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devices, transfers or gifts under section 2055,2106, or 2522 of the code.
Organizations exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Code are further classified as either public charities or private foundations. The IRS has determined that the RMHF is a public charity under the Code section of our letter.