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March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

It was so nice to be able to be with my son in San Diego for an important doctor appointment. Both pilots, coming and going, were very friendly. This is a wonderful service that you do. thanks again, Lisa Santana Proud Mom of a Marine

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that the pilots love what they do and are proud to reunite a worried mom with her injured Marine. thanks again!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

My name is Chris Payne. I was injured in Iraq in 2007. I heard about Veterans Airlift Command while at Walter Reed. My extended family was planning a vacation to Myrtle Beach while my wife, two children and I were still at Walter Reed being treated. There was no way, due to the ages of my children and the status of my injuries at the time, that we could make the trip driving or flying commercially. We contacted VAC and we were surprised at how easy everything was. We were treated with the utmost respect throughout the entire process, both in filling out the application and throughout the planning the trip with the pilot. We were so impressed that a few months later when were going on leave to Tennessee when we were in the same situation with planning the trip that we contacted VAC again. i would recommend VAC to anyone and everyone. Both pilots were amazing. They were couteous and helpful and very friendly. Thank you so much VAC you were very helpful and because of your kindness two of the most important emotional events in my recovery were made that much easier to plan and that much more helpful to me and my family.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing in every way. From the kindness to the respect shown to my wife and children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of every wounded vet suffering from every war since WW II

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

Veterans Airlift is a great organization. When my husband lost his arm in Iraq in January of 2008, we were living in Savannah, GA. He was sent to Walter Reed up in DC and Veterans Airlift provided transportation for myself and my children numerous times between Savannah and DC. My mom was recovering from a bone marrow transplant and was not allowed to fly commercial due to the germs. Veterans Airlift provided my parents with a flight to be able to visit. They also provided the whole family with transportation to a wounded warrior bike ride in Colorado.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people. Everyone I flew with were amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 18, 2010

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March 18, 2010

"Imagine returning home from combat facing devastating injuries and long term hospitalization--in a facility hundreds of miles away from your family. Imagine somebody brings you together." With these words, the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) introduces its website (www.veteransairlift.org) and summarizes its mission. Consisting entirely of volunteer pilots and aircraft owners who receive no compensation, the VAC provides private air transportation to our wounded warriors who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to their families. I have just had the honor and privilege to fly my first mission for the VAC, transporting a severely wounded young soldier and his wife to their hometown in Texas. Ryan was a 22 year old gunner on a Humvee that was blown up in Iraq. He has been receiving medical treatment for 2 years. He is doing well, but his injuries are horrific. The FAA has assigned the call sign "Hero Flight" to these missions, and as we flew across the country and I spoke to each air traffic control facility as a Hero Flight, most of the FAA controllers knew the meaning and conveyed a personal message of thanks to my passengers before handing us off to the next facility. Those controllers that did not know the meaning of Hero Flight asked, and my explanation was met with the same expressions of thanks. Ryan and his wife smiled when they heard these air traffic control thank you's directed at them. Ryan and his wife were greeted at our destination in Texas by both their families, and I was overwhelmed by the expressions of appreciation directed at me. What I did was nothing, compared to what Ryan and his fellow soldiers have done. Thank you, Ryan.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping our wounded soldiers

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

personally thanking young soldiers for their sacrifice

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding

Ways to make it better...

The organization and people are the best without change needed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 18, 2010

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March 18, 2010

setting up the flights was easy. the pilots and co-pilots were awesome. i would reccomend VAC to anyone who needed a flight home.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 18, 2010

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March 18, 2010

I was fortunate enough to be involved with this organization initially in 2008. I was flown from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC to my home in Junction City, KS. The trip began with a limo ride arranged for my wife and I from Walter Reed to the Airport. The short walk to plane side was a great departure from the typical full-body searches that all amputees are so familiar with in the TSA lines. The flight itself was great to say the least and the crew extremely professional. Our flight landed in a small municipal airport near our home which made for an extremely short drive home and the overall trip was drastically shorter than traditional travel, which at the time was exceptional considering my medical condition. My wife and I only wish we were able to fly travel like this on a regular basis due to the stress free environment. My wife and I are extremely grateful to Veterans Airlift Command and the other volunteers and contributors that made this possible. Thank You to a great organization! Matthew and Maria Miles

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to feel like there are still people that truly do care and are willing to brighten someone's day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, courteous, and extremely genuine about helping serve those that have served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

I michael pass had a couple of flights with VAC. I pilots are very nice and encouraging to fly with. If you and any qestion about the flight ask and they will answer them. The staff at VAC are very helpful in arranging for the the pilots to are close to you and are familiar with the area/ weather conditions. Thankyou for wonderful time. michael pass

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A couple medical flights to Portland Oregon from Moscow Idaho. For Veterans appoinments at the Portland VA Hospital.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Talking with Jen and with the pilots

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional and nice

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

would still be a very professional and nice outfit to fly with

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra hosts three annual Wounded Warrior events at Mammoth Mountain, CA. We are a 7-8 hour drive away from the Balboa Naval Medical Hospital in San Diego and this long drive is hard to take for many of our Wounded Warriors. Luckily this is where the Veteran Airlift Command comes in! They fly the wounded men and women, wheelchairs, service dogs,extra prosthetics, and staff from San Diego to the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport. Jennifer Salvati's expertise in coordinating the undertaking is extraordinary! She orchestrates the flights like a maestro.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

very positive ways! They have made the travel experiences of the Wounded Wareriors much more pleasant than having to drive 7 to 8 hours!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Walter Frike and Jen Salvati! My hat goes off to them both!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

FABULOUS!!!

Ways to make it better...

more of the pilots had larger planes that could handle inclement weather conditions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

Flying is one of my greatest joys in life. Without the selfless, courageous military men and women defending our American freedoms, I would not be able to soar unfettered as I do. Piloting a Hero Flight for VAC is a duty I take on with a grateful, humble and respectful heart!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Joy

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Better organizaiton of flights using legs like Angel Flight does. Listing flights on the interent.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Making a small contribution in the lives of those injured defending our freedoms.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Terrific

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Recruit more pilots and more veterans

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

My brother was injured in October of 2006. During his recovery, at the VA in Minnesota, my family and I received transportation through Veterans Airlift Command. Without their help we would have not been able to give my brother the support he needed during this tough period. I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done! I would like to personally thank anyone who is involved with this organization, and let you know that what you did for my family was truly a blessing!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that they gave me a chance to be with my brother during his recovery.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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