Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) is a non-profit branch of the nationwide Honor Flight Network which consists of over 130 independent “hubs” across America. HFSD escorts veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials using monies donated by individuals, foundations, associations, business owners and corporations who wish to recognize our veterans’ contributions and thank them for their service and sacrifice to the United States and its citizens.
Top priority for our trips is given to the most senior veterans (WWII and Korea) and to veterans who have terminal illnesses. In Fall 2022, we began taking Vietnam veterans. Our flight is now open to WWII, Korea, Vietnam era veterans, and veterans from any era who have terminal illnesses.
Of all of the wars in history, World War II truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse and free society. With hundreds of World War II veterans passing away each day, the opportunity to express our sincere thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
Our Korea War veterans were called to serve just five short years after our WWII veterans in what is called “The Forgotten War.” The time for honoring these men and women is growing short as well.
The Vietnam War veterans fought in an unpopular war. They did what their government asked of them and their country did not always support the war effort or their service and sacrifice. Now we have a opportunity to thank these veterans and give them a welcome home that is 50 years overdue.
We say thank you to all of our veterans and extend a special thanks to our most senior veterans for their dedication and commitment to protecting the freedoms enjoyed by so many here in the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America.
We invite our veterans to join us on your “Tour of Honor” and we hope everyone else can provide a donation that will help support these memorable trips.
David A. Smith
Founder, Honor Flight San Diego