I had the best experience this past weekend flying with VAC. My PTSD keeps me from traveling long distance by car. Commercial Airline is very stressful too with TSA, corwds and other passengers. I live in TX and my immediate family lives in IN. I have missed out on alot of family events in past years recoverying from 2 deployments to Iraq with symptoms alot of people experience and go through. I am so grateful to my pilot who took me. Feels so great that you folks care about me to get me home to see my relatives when I otherwise would not be able to.
Since my injury in Iraq in 2003 I have found it very stressful to fly commercially and it has reached the point where I just can't do it anymore. This past June I was asked by a fellow Combat Wounded Veteran to be his best man in his wedding and if it wasn't for the Vet Airlift Command I would have had to decline. They had a private plane pick my family and I up at our local airport and transported us where we needed to be. The flight crew were some of the best people I have ever met and they made sure our flight was as comfortable as could be. I could never thank Vet Airlift enough for what they did for me. In my opinion Vet Airlift Command has set the standard on how our Wounded Veterans should be taken care of. Thank you!
VAC is a fantastic organization. If heard nothing but good things about them and was able to experience it firsthand when Walter and Pierre picked my family and I up from Key West and flew to San Antonio. They were extremely easy to work with and very friendly. Smoothest flight I've been on thus far!
My Father Bernard I. Friedenberg was to be honored for his heroism on D Day, June 6, 1944 at the WW 2 Museum this past D Day, 2016. He has COPD and is on oxygen 24/7 and uses a bathroom several times a day and cannot walk coupled with a compromised immune system. There was NO way I could take my Mom and Dad to New Orleans on the airlines.
We have 2 Aids and both of my parents are in wheel chairs. I was desperate and then I was connected with the Veterans Airlift Command. I needed a jet that could facilitate 6 of us traveling in total and all of the medical equipment.
This amazing organization stepped up and had a Citation 4 meet us in Atlantic City, NJ and take us to New Orleans and then 2 days later home. The pilot Jed was an amazing human being..... kind, concerned, and dotted all i's and crossed his t's. He transported another soldier that day before getting us and it was a long day for Jed. He is a generous man and the Veteran's Airlift Command was beyond patient and understanding on helping us complete this mission for my Dad.
God bless this organization.
Susan C. Friedenberg - Bernard's Daughter
VAC was truly a blessing to me and my family. I cannot thank VAC enough for their generosity and time. Slim (pilot) was incredible and super friendly. I am honored to have been able to fly back home after my amputation at Walter Reed. I hope there is some way I can repay VAC for their generosity.
VAC has flown me back and forth from my home in Jackson, MS to Washington, D.C. for appointments and then surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The last trip included my wife and ten month old daughter. They were so very flexible, helpful, and easy to communicate with! I cannot thank them enough for making travel an easy part during a difficult time.
101st Airborne (Ret.)
These guys are amazing. They flew me to hospital appointments as well as to recreational therapy. They are awesome.
I first heard about Veterans Airlift Command around 4 years ago when I was going from St. Louis to Mayo Clinic, Rochester between 4-6 times a year. I have now flown with them around 10-15 times. Veterans Airlift Command has not only decreased the costs associated with the travel, but also the stress that comes with traveling. After being injured in Iraq with a Traumatic Brain Inury that caused a brain tumor to grow, I have been able to not be as stressed heading to appointments to see if my brain tumor is progressing and other symptoms that have raised due to have 3 brain surgeries and radiation therapy. I have gotten to know numerous pilots and am so blessed by their generosity. I don't know what I would do without Veterans Airlift Command!
My name is Josiah Blystone. I was very blessed to have VAC, and their volunteer pilots fly me to from Wilmington NC to Boca Raton FL where I got brain scans done to help treat my TBI and PTSD. Every interaction with them made me feel very comfortable. Being able to have Hyperbaric treatments done completely changed my life and without VAC it would have been a difficult process. I thank God for the work they are doing! God Bless the USA, and God bless us all.
My name is Scott Craigle and am an Air Force OIF/OEF wounded warrior with TBI/PTSD. I can not express the gratitude and respect I have for Veterans Airlift Command for taking me to and from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. These pilots donated their time and aircraft and made sure I felt comfortable and taken care of. The love and support they show for the American Veteran is incredible and deserve the high praise! Thank you VAC!