Luke's Wings, Inc.

Rating: 4.82 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 1238 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 401 Washington DC 20007 USA

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.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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Reviewers on GuideStar have the opportunity to rate the impact of a charity, with the highest being "Life Changing." No organization meets that mark the way Luke's Wings does. They work tirelessly to provide soldiers with the best support system and unconditional love - that of their families. They are successful because they truly believe in their cause and work steadfastly to fulfill their mission statement. This is not a hobby or a pet project - this is their passion. Thank you Luke's Wings, for taking the initiative on something we all should be doing without question - supporting our troops and their families.

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Luke's Wings reminds us that we must not forget those who serve, and particularly those who have been injured in that service. Luke's Wings brings family and service members together when often the individuals themselves can not afford it and this makes a tremendous impact on them, their families and their communities.

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This is a truly amazing organization. They have a single, well-defined core mission: bringing the families and friends of wounded (most egregiously--TBI, amputees, etc.) warriors to be with them while in one of the ten rehab hospitals in the U.S. It makes such a real difference to the wounded men and women of our Armed Services to have family members with them as they recover and begin a new chapter in their lives and many cannot afford airline tickets and hotel rooms. I sent my donation on a Tues, got a thank you on Thurs., and an email update on Friday of how my money was used to fly the family of a Marine amputee's family from Tennessee to D.C. to visit him while at Walter Reed. I got to know the Marine, and see a photo slideshow of his rehab through their Facebook page and email updates. I was blown away by their efficient and immediate use of my donation, and by the way their staff actually goes to Walter Reed each week to spend time with the wounded warriors and their families who are visiting. I wish all non-profits worked like this.

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