Luke's Wings, Inc.
Rating: 4.85 stars 48 48 reviews 4,295
1238 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 401 Washington DC 20007 USA
Luke's Wings is an organization dedicated to the support of veterans who have been wounded wounded in battle. Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke's Wings provides families with the means to visit the veterans during their hospitalization and rehabilitation. By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for veterans' loved ones, Luke's Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms. While individual donations may be made directly through our website www.lukeswings.org, Luke's Wings also encourages corporations to share in our thanks to veterans directly through corporate sponsorship and corporate donations. The organization sponsors and organizes fundraising events in and around the Washington, D.C. area for this purpose, while also raising money for veterans' families by selling t-shirts, stickers, and wrist bands with the company logo. Recognizing the difficulties families encounter as they make their way to their loved ones' side, Luke's Wings is prepared to partner with corporations to ease the burden on families and veterans during their visit. Luke's Wings will purchase plane tickets for a family to travel to the Army Medical Hospital, then Luke's Wings may partner with a hotel and a theme park for free or discounted accommodations, meals, and entertainment.
Luke's Wings was incorporated in January, 2008. Between January 2008 and December 2010, Luke's Wings raised $211,679 from donations, sponsorships, and (fundraising) ticket sales. With that revenue, Luke's Wings booked 240 airplane tickets to bring loved ones to the bedsides of our wounded warriors currently recovering all over the country. 2011 proved to be a banner year, raising $960,976 and spending more than $123,000 on flights for our wounded warrior families.
Wounded Warriors, Veterans in Hospice Care & Texas Veterans (Grant)
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National & International, when requested.
The Wounded Warrior Transportation Assistance Program (W.W.T.A.P.) - Luke’s Wings flies families in and out of military hospitals, but also flies Wounded Warriors home for Christmas, alive days, birthdays, major life events, or just whenever. This service helps ensure that every Wounded Warrior is supported by their family as they recover. In order to deliver this program, Luke’s Wings has partnered with ten (10) military hospitals across the country, as well as the USO, Red Cross, and United Way. Veterans in Hospice Care Transportation Assistance Program - Luke’s Wings flies families into Hospice Care facilities when a Veteran is ready to pass away. This service helps ensure that every Veteran is always surrounded by loving family and friends during their final days and hours (and is never alone when they pass away). This allows them to say their goodbyes and allows them to reconcile their differences. It is a service we hold very dear to our hearts, as we know we are providing a final salute to the greatest generation that ever lived (our WWII Veterans) and those who should have been treated better all along (our Vietnam Veterans). In order to deliver this program, Luke’s Wings has partnered with the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and their 300 partners to deliver this offer to over 300,000 veterans currently residing in senior living communities across the country.
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I was fortunate to have been introduced to Luke's Wings at a Chamber event last summer. I was so impressed with their mission that I made a decision to get involved with their wonderful cause immediately. When you understand the sacrifices our American Heroes / Wounded Warriors have made for our country, it is a "no brainer" to choose this Non Profit to donate to. We have attended events, met the owners, met some of the Wounded Warriors and have seen firsthand the difference this organization is making!! Excellent organization, excellent cause, excellent mission. I am a business owner and have chosen Luke's Wings as the non-profit we support. I encourage others to do the same, Thank you Luke's Wings for working hard to take care of those who have taken care of us. God Bless the USA.
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Lukes Wings a WONDERFUL organization and charity that has help us and our friends with travel on more than one occasion! They graciously serve the Veteran and Wounded Warrior po]ulation (of which we belong). They not only flew us from treatment in Virginia, but our youngest son and grandson from Connecticut to attend, as a family, our middle sons Air Force graduation. We never could have afforded it in our situation (full time rehab and medical care, maintaining what amounted to two homes on less than half our pre-deployment / pre-injury income). More recently, they flew my husbands Battle Buddy's daughter and grandchildren to Florida to see him before he passed away from cancer. There are countless others we know who have been blessed with air fare for themselves or family for anything as simple as a much needed visit and a hug to graduation to emergency needs and funerals. These are some of the most wonderful, caring, kind and generous people you will ever meet, and I am grateful we met them!
My daughter was injured in July 2013 in the Nanghar Province, Afghanistan. We are from Wisconsin and get back when we can. With the help of Lukes Wings, Jennifer Magurer and Sandy, we have been able to be back for special occasions and truly important moments. We can't say "Thank You" enough for all their great work. Just recently I've met a lot of the other staff and volunteers from Lukes Wings, what can I say...Great group of people!
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Thus charity has helped many of my friends who were injured be qble to have family members close by and rushed employees are amazingly kind and involved.
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While my husband and I were at Walter Reed we could not financially afford to see our family all the way in Ca for the holidays. Luke's Wings were always there to help us when we needed to see our family, even if any emergency came up. We were able to contact them easily with no questions asked and then we were on a flight. This foundation is awesome at what they do.
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On December 9,2011 our life's changed forever . My son was injured by an bomb . We had to make tough choices and one of us had to quit our job and go be by his side . I was it , I took wrong clothes and not even a jacket to dc. We couldn't afford to go shopping money was not there for anything even for my husband to come see my son . Jennifer with Luke's wings stepped up and was there for us . Her and Luke's wings made it possible for us to stay connected as a family . We have two boys and one was still in school in Texas so it was hard to be needed in both places ,,they are always there for us for anything they can help with and more . Please keep this group in your prayers and thoughts when donating , they truly use the funds for clients and not Hugh salaries for broad members . Thank you Margaret burleson
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In January of this year, 2015, I received a call from my sister in TX. My precious WWII Dad was in the process of passing from this life. Being Senior Citizens ourselves and in a financial bind, I called Luke's Wings. I spoke with a precious lady and by that evening, my husband and I were flying from MN to TX, at no cost to us. I did make it in time, even though my Dad couldn't respond much, I was able to speak to him, hug and kiss him and tell him how much I loved him.
I will be forever grateful to Luke's Wings for that opportunity to be with my Dad at that time. They are a wonderful service doing the best they can for not only the service people, but their families as well. It is one place the donations are used for the people, they do what they say they will do.
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Luke's Wings changes lives. Having met dozens of servicemembers and their families that have been provided with care by this organization, I can confidently say that there is a personal touch from the staff at Luke's Wings that simply does not exist in other nonprofits.
Lindsay and Jennifer oversee a top tier organization with minimal, and dedicated, staff. Not only does Luke's Wings provide hundreds of flight per year to needing families - but the organization often reaches out to those in need before they have a chance to make a request. Luke's Wings is a standout example of an organization that provides proactive, not just reactive, care. Because every day, the people who work there are looking for people to help.
I would challenge anyone to describe a nonprofit which has such an extraordinary record of care. And its beneficiaries are the very first ones to sing the praises of Luke's Wings. In my mind, there is no higher statement of an organization's success than one made by someone it has helped.
Luke's Wings goes far above and beyond the call of duty in helping servicemembers and their families. The staff forms personal relationships with them, months and sometimes years after they found them in their time of need.
Servicemembers are asked to potentially give their last full measure of devotion on the battlefield. And nothing less is required of their families. No one understands this better than the staff at Luke's Wings; and they deserve every possible public recognition and honor.
When my husband was wounded, he was hospitalized for a long period and I was unable to be away from work for the entire time. Luke's Wings enabled us to cover the gaps by flying in family and friends to assist with his convalescence. The staff worked overtime to meet our requests for assistance- even the short-notice ones!- and always seemed happy to do it. We are so grateful for the help this nonprofit provided us during a difficult and trying time.
Lukes wings is an amazing organization. They made it possible for my mother her sister and I to see my grandfather who was a Vietnam vet and on hospice. He lived in another state and his hospice nurses had informed us that he wasn't expected to make it more than a few days. Without Lukes Wings help we would not have been able to see him or say goodbye. What they did for us meant everything to my family. I could never thank them enough!