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Q: Why are you doing this?
A: The Greatest Generations Foundation believes it is time to honor our military veterans, starting with the World War II generation, who have generally been overlooked. When the war ended, they resumed their lives, and no one ever stopped to say thank you for the peace and prosperity they had helped bring about. Now it is our responsibility to thank them and let them know how appreciative we are of their service.
Q: Are the programs truly all-expenses paid?
A: Yes! The Greatest Generations Foundation covers airfare to and from the United States, all in-country lodging, transportation, ceremonies, and meals. It is suggested that participants bring some spending money, or an ATM card to access local currency to cover additional expenses such as souvenirs, snacks and occasional beverages. The Greatest Generations Foundation will also provide a group mobile phone to make calls home. Please Note: The foundation will not provide support for alcohol and tobacco products.
Q: May my spouse or other family member join me?A: No. The Greatest Generations Foundation has resources to fund the veterans. Additionally, the programs are designed in such a way that veterans will be able to achieve closure from their experiences, and to pass on their stories to younger generations. Having worked with veterans over the past several years, the presence of spouses/family members greatly inhibits the veteran’s ability to open up, gain closure, and ultimately profit from the program.
Q: How are the participants chosen for the programs?
A: We receive numerous applications daily and wish we could accommodate each and every one. But since resources and space are limited we make a selection by creating a group of veterans who will represent a variety of backgrounds, including military service, military experiences, residency, and health. Applicants may also be selected due to the unique nature of some specific programs. Participants are not chosen based upon number of medals, rank, time in combat, etc.
Q: Do I have to be in perfect health to participate?
A: No. However, we ask that any veteran wishing to submit an application first consult with a physician and obtain approval for travel abroad. The journeys require some walking and a fair amount of stamina. The days are long in order to accommodate as many experiences as possible. We plan R & R, even if it means a nap on the bus. Rest assured, however, that our veterans are well taken care of by The Greatest Generations Foundation escort staff.
Q: Do I need a passport to travel?
A: Yes. Veterans need a current passport, with at least 6 months until the expiration date. Except for itineraries to Hawaii, all programs are overseas to countries requiring travelers to carry a valid passport. In order to receive clearance from The Greatest Generations Foundation to travel, Veterans must also present a physician signed “travel clearance” (form may be obtained from TGGF), and a list of emergency contacts.
Q: I don’t speak any other language, Will that be a problem?
A: No. Interpreters are present on every program abroad. If you do speak another language, please let us know on the application form.
Q: I want to make a donation to TGGF. How will my money be used?
A: Because the foundation’s overhead expenses are privately funded, 100% of all money donated goes towards The Greatest Generations Foundation Memorial Fund to provide long term sustainability to the mission. That’s not the goal . . . it’s the rule!