Honor Flight launches online application

William Duncan, an Air Force veteran who served during the Korean War era, is greeted at the Fort Wayne International Airport after returning from Washington D.C. FILE PHOTO

FORT WAYNE — Honor Flight Northeast Indiana has launched a new way for veterans in the area to sign up for their free honor flight.

After months of development, Honor Flight has launched an online application opportunity. Now veterans and guardians can visit the website to fill out online applications for upcoming flights.

This not only will increase the ease for the veterans but streamline the efficiency from the operations perspective, reducing potential mistakes from transcribing paper applications.

Honor Flight recognizes that there are many veterans who are not comfortable using a computer and they will continue to gladly accept paper applications from any veteran or guardian that does not wish to utilize the online version.

The new online digital application process would not have been possible without long time support from Symplexity, a local cybersecurity and IT solution company here in Fort Wayne. Their dedicated support assisted in developing an electronic database for veteran and guardian flight processing several years ago, and their continued assistance in improving processes has allowed Honor Flight to more efficiently serve veterans from all wars and conflicts.

Honor Flight Board President Dennis Covert said, “The on-line application process is a major upgrade for HFNEI and is already being widely accepted. Within hours of posting the availability of the on-line application process, we began receiving veteran and guardian applications.”

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is currently looking for Korean veterans. They continue to make WWII veterans a priority while accepting applications for Vietnam veterans and all subsequent conflicts. Veterans may visit their website at www.hfnei.org and follow the Apply Now link to get signed up for a free flight to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor.