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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: Wounded Warriors, Veterans in Hospice Care & Texas Veterans (Grant)

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1000

Geographic areas served: National & International, when requested.

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband, Heath, was injured in July of 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. At the time, I was living in Boston for the summer and enjoying my first ever internship. Little did I know that my life was about to change. With the help of Luke's Wings and other generous NGOs I was able to see Heath frequently throughout his recovery in Georgia.

As a college student I had little to no funds to fly myself to Augusta, GA and wasn't even able to rent a car without a huge fee; taking flying to Atlanta and renting a car off the table. Luckily, I didn't have to worry about that for too long because Luke's Wings stepped in. Luke's Wings strengthened our relationship, it was actually on one of my Luke's Wings trips that he asked me to marry him. I was able to be a part of his recovery while still working towards my degree. We also adopted our first dog together on one of my Luke's Wings trips.

Big hearts, great people, awesome support. Plus, they all genuinely care about each and every person they serve.

1 Aubrey R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a wounded warrior who was in need of transportation help to get my daughter to me so that she could spend time with me to help facilitate my healing. I did not have the financial capability to do that at the time. Luke's Wings was able to help me and I was able to have much needed time with my daughter. Without their help this would not have been possible. I am eternally thankful for their help and hope they can help many more Service Members.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! We are elated with Luke's Wings support. Faced with a serious medical condition- a cancerous brain tumor, I became dependent upon my brother to take care of me. Luke's Wings made that support possible by funding multiple trips from Florida to Maryland. Also, the Luke's Wings staff was extremely friendly and focused on our well being, inviting us to exclusive events. As a veteran, I am extremely blessed to be eligible for such a fantastic program.
Anne-marie and Gary

1 Vinnie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Facing my second spinal surgery in less than a year, and dealing with severe PTSD and a TBI, my family was concerned that my wife would not be able to take care of my children while giving me the care I needed, especially in the first critical week after surgery. Luke's Wings stepped in and offered to fly in my parents to assist with post surgical care and to aid with our family in a severe time and need. The folks at Luke's Wings were so wonderful, doing everything they could to work with my parents and get them flown in quickly and without any problems. They made such a large impact that my parents have even started donating their miles to the organization for their appreciation. In a time of so much red tape to prove your need and combat injuries, working with the staff at Luke's Wings were a blessing. They are an amazingly caring staff who just wants to take care of those veterans and their families that truly need it. We couldn't have done it without them!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my best friend, Adam Devine, lost both of his legs while serving overseas he was getting treatment at Walter Reed Hospital. Through the generosity of Luke's Wings I was able to visit Adam multiple times.

3 LuvMuffins H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Margaret72

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

3 Gail59

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.