Veterans Airlift Command
Rating: 4.97 stars 154 154 reviews
Human Services, Veterans
5775 Wayzata Blvd Ste 700 Saint Louis Park MN 55416 USA
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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Caleb Perkins (SSG US Army Medically Retired)
I am so thankful for Veteran Airlift Command and the pilots that give their time and energy to help wounded veterans and service members. My wife and I will never forget the experience of the flight and the generosity that was bestowed upon us.
Veterans Airlift Command has such an amazing staff; I have to mention Jenna. Jenna went above the call of duty to make sure that the dates and times worked for us and it was very refreshing to know that she took charge and facilitated everything with excellence.
I highly recommend Veterans Airlift Command; thanks for all you do!
'The way something is done may be more important than the thing itself'. This is the least I can say about how the Veterans Airlift Command staff are making a huge difference in other people's lives while providing outstanding services to the veteran's community. Thus, I must thank Ms. Maria Miles for getting me to my destination and back on a short notice more than once in times of emergency. Then, many thanks to Lt Col Andrew Lourake, for taking time to check on me to ensure I am doing well. I quickly realize that the Veterans Airlift Command uses 'Empathy' more than 'Sympathy'. There is no doubt this Organization is making a big difference every day in the lives of veterans in their families' and I am so grateful for such outstanding service. I am proud to be an American and particularly a Veteran.
US Army Veteran (SSG)
WWP Track Alumni
After losing a leg in Iraq and enduring thirty two surgeries flying can be quite cumbersome. Thanks to the Veterans Airlift Command wounded service members can travel to medical appointments stress free. Last Sunday 09/13/2015 a wonderful American (Walter) gave up his weekend and his personal aircraft to fly me from Tallahassee Fl to Columbus OH for a weeks worth of medical appointments. I was prepared to thank the pilot and slip him a note of gratitude for the owner, but was shocked when the owner landed and thanked me before I could thank him. My flight home was just as smooth as can be and once again was made possible by a couple from Alabama who gave up their weekend and aircraft to make my life just a little bit easier. It is easy to have personal feelings of sorrow due to pain and the events that caused it but when you meet these Patriotic People it makes your sacrifice feel smaller and once again proud to be American.
God Bless the Veterans Airlift Command for they go above and beyond (literally).
Staff Sergeant (Ret.)
101st Airborne Division
Author "Blasted by Adversity"
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My name is Derick Carver and I recently had the pleasure of using Veterans Airlift Command to cover my travel from Cleveland to Arkansas. It was on short notice and required some maneuvering to pull off. Thankfully the organization and flight donors, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, were all very understanding and flexible. I wouldn't have been able to make the trip without their support. I highly recommend to all disabled troops and individuals looking to make a donation.
Veterans Airlift Command is amazing. They were able to pick me up last minute to take me to my destination. They took the time to actually get to know me and not just another number to pick up and drop off. Thank you guys so much from the bottom of my heart.
Veterans Airlift Command is a class act! Very professional and Kind! I was in desperate need of a new prosthetic socket and VAC and their fleet of volunteer pilots flew myself and my Fiance from Yuma, AZ to Rochester, MN and back so I could have the care I needed. These volunteer pilots are the heart and soul of this organization. The benefit for an amputee like myself, is that I didn't have to wait in long airport lines or show up 3 hrs early so TSA could preform inspections. VAC made it so easy, show up on time, load plane and sit back and enjoy the view. The staff at VAC could not have been more helpful and once again the Volunteer Pilots are awesome.
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Our relationship began this past Summer when we contacted VAC to assist two injured friends that were in need of logistical support for medical care. Walt Fricke, VAC’s founder, did not hesitate to help this special couple reach their destination and ultimately find the medical answers they had been searching for throughout their recovery. In setting up that flight, Walt began some lighthearted badgering that I had never utilized VAC for my own travel needs despite meeting him nearly 7 years ago while I was recovering from bilateral feet amputations at Walter Reed. This past December, we finally used VAC for our holiday travel to Florida to visit family and it was the least stressful travel experience since my injury.
I promised Walt that I would call on their services when a good situation arose as I have had my struggles with conventional travel, much like anyone with a disability. TSA, large airports, small seat pitches, explaining my disability multiple times – the experience brings on anxiety and stress, but flying with VAC eliminated every one of these aspects of flying. With Laura’s intense semester ending and Christmas break nearing, we reached out to VAC and in less than 24 hours, our pilots were confirmed and arrangements completed. Our pilots were some of the most kind, generous, and caring individuals who donate their own time, resources, and talents to provide us an alternative to commercial air travel. They will be a special part of our lives going forward and we are so thankful to have met them and to have shared in their love of aviation.
All and all, we can’t say enough about this organization. They have aided countless friends and we are proud of the mission they have taken on to support our disabled veterans. Their staff truly cares and understands the needs of this disabled veteran community.
Ferris & Laura Butler
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The VAC was the best experience I have ever had. They were there to help me get home for Christmas after my surgery, to be able to spend time with my wife and children. I have to say thank you to Andrew who coordinated the trip, Mr. Bill the pilot that flew me home and Mr. Howard who flew me back to continue therapy. I never thought that there were people who care as much as the volunteers who work with VAC. Thank you again and the words don't do justice to all the people with the VAC.
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!
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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)