Veterans Airlift Command
Rating: 4.97 stars 136 reviews
Issues: Human Services, Veterans
Location: 5775 Wayzata Blvd Ste 700 Saint Louis Park MN 55416 USA
Mission: The Veterans Airlift Command provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Our priority is on the veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). As capacity allows, our mission will expand to serve veterans of other conflicts.
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I doubt that you can find a nonprofit that meets the needs of vets more than Veterans Airlift command. I am a wounded vet and was wounded in Afghanistan in the summer of 2012. The VAC came along when all the means of getting home for thanksgiving were gone, they came and flew us home for the first thanksgiving of my new life as a double amputee. My daughters got a chance to fly to Disney world for the first time ever courtesy of Veterans Airlift command. They gave me a tremendous new take on life!
Veteran's Airlift Command rocks!! My good buddy had an idea for an all wounded EOD Tech team to participate in a 7 leg relay race, called Ski to Sea, in Bellingham, WA. He organized with VAC and was able to secure a plane to get 5 of the members from Washington D.C to Bellingham, WA. It was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. The team, consisting of Jeff Hendricks, Mike Freeman and Dick Iverson, were outstanding. They flew across the US to come and get us, with the utmost hospitality and food on board, then flew us home!! I couldn't have asked for a better team. With out their dedication to helping others and the lengths they all go through to give back, I don't believe our race experience would have been any where near as memorable. Thanks again VAC!!
SSgt USMC (ret)
As a Caregiver, to a disabled vet, I thought I had experienced everything. That was until I called Veterans Air Command - what a blessing! They are organized, compassionate and generous.
All of the pilots are volunteers and donate their time and resources to help Veterans! I have never seen anything like it. I will be volunteering and donating to this organization in the future.
A true blessing to Vets in need.
Veteran's Airlift Command has been a huge blessing for us since my husband's injuries in Afghanistan.
It can be extremely difficult trying to travel with my husband, especially when he is wheelchair bound plus our two kids and all of our luggage and the crowds in the airports and the connecting flights.. It makes him miserably stressed and its hard on everyone around. My husband actually refused to travel for a while and then we found out about VAC. Veteran's Airlift made traveling manageable and really enjoyable. All the stress was gone. The pilots we have met have been absolutely amazing and we have even kept in touch with them. This organization is built with lots of love and compassion and we are so thankful to be a part of them. We have used them several times and everytime has been a wonderful, stress free experience. We are so thankful for this organization. Thank you VAC!!!
As a wounded warrior, VAC has always been there for me. They have always promptly answered my request for transportation to and from my treatment center or to visit my family when I could get away from the hospital. The pilots are always incredibly generous and the staff shows genuine concern for me. Of all of the non-profit organizations I have worked with during my 2.5 year stint in the hospital, VAC has made the greatest positive impact on my life. Thank you VAC for all you do!
My husband is a wounded warrior and we first handed have experienced the generosity of Veterans Airlift Command. Over the years we have had the opportunity to become acquainted with the members of this organization and to see their passion and love for what they do is truly inspiring. Their support to the wounded warrior community is one of the best gifts one can give to a soldier and their family. Thank you for all you do Veterans Airlift Command!
I lost my leg in 2004 after been shot with a rocket-propelled grenade. Ten years later, I needed two more months of intense physical therapy, 1200 miles away from my home. The actual therapy was covered, but we needed to pay for transportation, lodging, and food for two months. I rented a bedroom in a house, but plane tickets were so expensive, especially one-way. My wife escorted me down there in my car, but she needed to be home to work her own job and to care for our pets. VETERANS AIRLIFT COMMAND stepped up and quickly offered to fly my wife back and forth to accommodate us. The pilots and the aircraft were top notch. Courtesy and professionalism were standard for both of her flights. It is this simple... If we needed to pay the cost of her plane tickets, I would not have been financially able to travel and seize the opportunity for the physical therapy in that particular facility. VAC filled a gap that was a critical piece of a much bigger picture, so they saved the day. Honestly, it is not an exaggeration to say this: I am a better man because VAC accomplished their mission for me and my wife.
My name is Kristi. I am have been retired from the Army and not by choice. I was offered the opportunity to go to Oregon for the 2 week service dog handler training and at the end graduate with a service dog. I was so excited but I knew I could not fly and it would take about 14 hours to drive. I decided to do some research to see if I could find an organization who would be able to fly me and my mother/caregiver in a private plane. I found Veterans Airlift Command and sent in my request. Andrew Lourake, the Program Director contacted me for more information and towards the end of the conversation he said that they would be able to help us. He put out the request for any pilots able to work my trip into their schedule. It only took a couple of days and Andrew had me in touch with a pilot that had agreed to take the outbound flight to Oregon and his name was Alberto. Unfortunately he was not able to fly me so he had Lee and Terry fly me instead. They were so amazing and made my mom and me feel at ease. They carried our bags for us and the flight was very smooth. The plane was clean and spacious.
The pilot that accepted the inbound flight was Dale & his wife Terry. They were so kind and made us feel comfortable. This time my service dog, Pongo was with me. They were very sweet to him. Upon landing they took our bags and wited til our ride came.
What do you say to describe people like this? These are people that freely fave their time to help a veteran, someone they have never met, in need. I only wish that there were more people in this world that could see past their own bubble and notice for a split second that they are not the only one living around them. It sure would be a kinder place. Thank you so very much for being that little glimpse of relief during a time of roller coaster moments. Andrew Lourake is one of the most patient, kind, understanding, helpful gentleman I have come across in a very long time. I hope he can continue on the path he is and help as many veterans/military as possible so they too can have that calm for a moment during the storm. Thank you again, Sir.
One of the best vetrean support organizations in America! Having been a soldier and wounded in combat and to have a resource like this is absolutely one of the most important things for the service member and the family. Being able to get severely wounded troops back home to see there loved ones helps the healing process, not only physically but mentally. Thank you so much for a life of paying it foreword so others don't have to suffer like those in the past did!
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My experience with VAC was absolutely amazing, Andrew Lourake and his volunteer pilots are caring, flexible, and professional. The mission was filled quickly and they were extremely flexible and worked off my time restraints. I am a double amputee wounded in Afghanistan, they treated my luggage and wheelchair very carefully, commercial airlines don't treat your luggage well. I will always attempt to fly with VAC before I use commercial airlines. Thank you Andrew, Jon, Mark and Phil!