I am honored to serve as a Community Representative and Board Member for ACV relating the stories of veterans and their adversely affected family members that have received free medically-related air transportation. ACV offers air transportation to PTSD, TBI, Substance abuse, service dogs, counseling, medical treatment facilities and adaptive sports events. ACV is on the front lines of combatting veteran suicides (22 per day) by transporting high risk veterans to partnering facilities. ACV is a 501 (c) (3) charity founded in 2006. Nearly 50,000 trips have been provided thanks to our partner, American Airlines.
I am a VietNam and Desert Shield/ Desert Storm veteran. I am proud to serve as a member of the ACV Board of Directors. ACV is a safety net for our wounded warriors provding them and their family members with cost free medically related air tranportation when DoD and VA resources are not available. An OIF wounded warrior that I befriended was helped twice by ACV. I know of no better charity helping out wounded warriors than ACV.
I was diagnosed with Leukemia on 9/11/01. Being in DC, there were no beds available in DC or NYC. I had to get to M D Anderson in Houston, but didn't know about Mercy Medical/Air Compassion For Veterans. Had I known then, I wouldn't have had to drive, but could have used ACFV. Therefore, I got involved so other vets could be properlytaken care of.
I am a Vietnam vet. Fortunately, I was not seriously wounded. Last year I was priviledged to attend a function for veterans, sponsored by Air Compassion for Veterans. They flew in 10-12 veterans undergoing serious rehabilitation from Washington DC to Virginia Beach. What a wonderful organization. Upon checking, I find that even as a Vietnam vet, I have access to their flights/transportation assets. I'm sold on ACV.
I recently had the opportunity to hear first hand from a wounded Marine Captain the significant impact Air Compassion for Vets made in the lives of him and his family. Suffering from severe PTSD, ACV was able to get him to a treatment center in a different state. This allowed him to get the first class treatment he deserved as well as assist in his reintegration with his family. To see the difference it made for him and family was priceless.
ACV is a dedicated group of people who give back to those who give their all for our country... our service people and their families. I have had the opportunity to hear first hand from service men and women who have benefited from air travel provided by ACV.
The expression compassion, certainly applies to this incredible organization. The dedication of all those involved surpasses any other efforts, certainly from the US Government, to be SURE that these men and women who have given their ALL to serve this country and protect it's citizens are taken care of! Three cheers!
I have flown numerous missions as an ACV mission pilot and can tell you it is most satisfying to fly service men in need to places where they need medical help or to join their loved ones. The most recent memorable ACV mission involved transport a very grateful soldier to a Heros and Halos event in VA Beach in the fall 2009. Eric Edmundson was wounded in Iraq and after he's partial recovery, came to speak at the annual Heros and Halos event in VA Beach. He and particularly has family, were simply amazing a an inspiration to everyone they met
Air Compassion for Veterans, aided my son in getting to places to participate in things from therapeutic activities, to events. Kindness, concern, friendly, respectful. just a few of the words that describe this very necessary organization.
Air Compassion is a great organization dedicated to helping our wounded warriors get transportation to quality medical care. One of the best non-profit orgainizations I know of!
I help with the Air Compassion event at the Virginia Beach Airport every year. It is so rewarding to honor the men and women who serve our country. The leaders and staff of Air Compassion do a wonderful job of taking care of our military and their families in time of need. They are a wonderful group doing a great job!
As the wife of an Angel Flight pilot, I had the honor of participating in ACV's "Halos and Heroes" 2008 fly-in. It was truly an honor to meet and provide tranportation for these wounded warriors from Walter Reed. To listen to their stories, to gain a glimmer of what these soldiers and their families have endured, was inspirational. It was the greatest pleasure to transport just one couple away from the hospital, surgeries, recoveries and rehab requirements for just a few days. Heidi and the crew from ACV are dedicated to arranging whatever is necessary to get our veterans (and their families) transportation for medical services or a simple respite from the long recovery process. Their compassion for our wounded warriors and their passion for the services provided, fundraising, and promoting public awareness (as we first met at the information booths during the Andrews Air Show) are an example to be followed by all. We truly need more people to step up and help out the way these folks do.