Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most frequent questions veterans ask when contacting our offices. If the answer to your question is not listed below, please feel free to contact our office.
Q: Can my wife (husband), son, daughter, grandson, etc. go as an Escort?
A. Escorts need to be able to meet the needs of his/her veteran. Many of these veterans will require the assistance of canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. You may be required to keep track of medical conditions and medications as well as other problems that may arise. You will be able to enjoy the trip, but your first priority is to your veteran. You may be asked to help other escorts in certain instances. First priority will be given to family members or requests made by the veterans. Escorts must be at least 21 years old at the time of the flight.
Q: How much does it cost? How much money do I need to bring?
A. The cost is FREE for World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans who are selected. You do not need to bring any money, unless you intend to purchase souvenirs. Escorts will pay $500 (which is a portion of their expenses). If the escort is a veteran, they are also required to pay the $500 escort fee. The escort check will be cashed upon receipt, but will be reimbursed if they do not go on the flight.
Q: Can I make a donation to Dawson County Area Hero Flight?
A: Donations to the Dawson County Area Hero Flight can be made by credit card or you may also donate by mail. Please send the donation to:
Dawson County Area Hero Flight
c/o Lexington Community Foundation
P.O. Box 422
Lexington, NE 68850
Q: How do you decide which veterans get to go?
A: Veterans are flown on a "first-come, first-served basis." Within the applicants, top priority is currently given to World War II veterans. Our second priority is to Korean War veterans and then Vietnam War veterans from Dawson County Area. Applications are date stamped upon arrival.
Q: How are you funded?
A: Our funding comes primarily from individual and business donors who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want these heroes to see their memorial before it's too late.
Q: Who is in charge of the program?
A: The Dawson County Area Hero Flight Committee