Such a blessing. I put in a request for my husband and I, not knowing what the outcome would be. As there is so much scams going on currently due to the pandemic I had to start over fresh with a new phone number/email. I am weary on what sites to visit, where to put my information and such. However, i put a request in with limited information as, I was wiling/able to provide documents, if needed. I explained my need for flights and our circumstances and Within a couple days, they contacted us to let us know of the approval of our flight. Thank you for helping the military community reconnect and enjoy our days, with a blessing of flights. I appreciate the good news!!!
They are always there for us, anytime we need them even to hear my complaints with complications in life, they are always there to support our family, thank you so much for everything you do for us and all of the families that goes through you guys to find some sort of release to see their loved ones.
My husband retired medically on 2012 and recently we found out that he is having more complications to his prosthesis and since my mother-in-law is scared of flying Luke's Wings donated airplane tickets for my husband to see his mom before the surgeries starts again. We are so greatful of you guys because it means so much to him and her to be together and she even blessed him the day we were leaving Miami. He had the oportunity to share quality time with his nieces and nephews; this trip meant the world to us, we never stressed in the fact of driving almost 18 hours one way just to get and stay 2 or 3 days. For all of these points we are indebted to you guys. Again thank you for this awesome time.
Luke’s wings goes above and beyond to cater to military families. These ladies are a power force for good. I will always stand behind them 100%. Not only are the true to their word, but they check in periodically after helping the families. They honestly all have amazing hearts and it truly shows! Thank you gals for everything!
Lukes wings have always been so great to me and my family. Spending 5 years in the hospital and my family having to go back and forth can get quite expensive but without a doubt likes wings was always there without question. They are always so kind and professional and it's not just a organization they truly care and want to get to know you as a person, as well as your family....
Thank you Lukes wings for helping my daughter & I travel to go see my son who was wounded in combat in Afghanistan. Due to only having one income as my husband is my sons caregiver with no monetary compensation finances have been tight. Thank to Lukes wings I was able to see my son & husband as my sons is recovering from his injuries he sustained. My family & I are truly grateful!
When I first got involved with Luke's Wings, it was clear right from the start how much they care about the people they help. They go above and beyond to make sure these service members AND their families are taken care of, no matter the circumstances. If they can't help for any reason, they make sure they are not alone in the process, referring them to more suitable organizations or providing additional resources to help them in their time of need.
My brother, Terry, means so much to our family. Years ago he came home from his time overseas serving in the army, and he was struggling in many areas of his life. We are thankful for how the VA hospital in Ann Arbor, MI helped him and then they let him start a VA council and a Vet to Vet program so he could help other vets. We were so proud of him.
In August we received a phone call that Terry had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Soon Terry had to move into the VA hospice care, and then we were told that he many only have weeks to live. It was a sad time. Terry loved his family and we knew he would be encouraged if they could visit him. However, financially it didn't seem possible for our family to fly to be with Terry and our cars are old and unreliable to make the trip. Then someone gave me the phone # to Luke's Wings, and I called them right away. They were kind, compassionate, and very helpful to provide (through their donors) a way for our family to fly to be together with Terry in his final days. It was the greatest gift to our veteran brother and to us to be able to be with him. He felt so loved and he knew he was not alone. We got to be there to hold his hand, to laugh and cry with him, to share favorite memories, to read God's Word and pray and sing with him...even as he passed on into eternity to be with the Lord. Then we were there to help with his sweet daughter ... and with his touching memorial service held at the VA hospital auditorium. We thank God for Luke's Wings...for providing us flights to get our family together during the painful, yet precious time with our brother in VA hospice care. We highly recommend Luke's Wings, and we are truly humbled and blessed by their gracious help in our time of need.
They have helped our family so much! My family was with my sister throughout her treatment because of them. They are amazing! ❤️
Luke’s Wings is a great org that was created out of a desire to serve. It makes me reflect on the role of elder in the Bible. In 1 Timothy 3, this is a true saying, “If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” I learned of Luke’s Wings back in 2009. They were willing fly a wounded warrior home to continue care.
I later began a receipent during my rehab at Walter Reed. They support Luke’s Wings provides is swift and seamless for individual(s) in need.
This is by far one of the best Charities that directly impacts Veterans and their families without a lot of red tape, and the very best staff at assessing their travel needs
Luke's Wings provided a last minute flight for my son to come be with his dying dad. The staff was very efficient, helpful, and caring in their mission. They went above and beyond just providing a flight by offering comfort and friendship to our family in our darkest time. Their mission is so incredibly impactful on families such as ours. Luke's Wings is simply the best and deserves to be on the GreatNonprofits.org list.
Luke's Wing is amazing! While my husband was dying they flew our son in to be with his dad before he passed. One of their staff members went out of her way to bring a strawberry Chick-fil-A shake when she heard that was his favorite. I can't say enough good things about this organization! You truly soar above all others! Thank you for all you do to help bring family members to those in need when it matters most.
I had the privilege to volunteer at the 10 year Gala on April 7, 2018 and what a tremendous experience. I'll miss a few names but Darian, Samantha, Katie, and Dakota were so busy behind scenes, getting us, the volunteers, up and running with all of our roles in the event like check in and check out, being a runner and helping people at the auction.
A real benefit was getting to speak to some of the veterans and that was very rewarding. It was so powerful that it prompted to visit Arlington the next day. I can't say enough for what they do and how they help our veterans. I look forward to future volunteering event with Luke's Wings.
A truly amazing and selfless team that works to re-unite wounded soldiers with their loved ones. I have never seen a more dedicated team.
I'm a proud Marine dad. My son was severely injured at war in Afghanistan and was hospitalized for over 3 years recovering from his wounds. My wife lost her job. I was self employed with 6 children at home still in school depending on us and I did my best to hold down my household but money was stretched out. When my son was injured, I didn't know what to do. All the kids wanted to be with their brother but how?? How... lukes wings is how. We are a very close family and to have an organization like lukes wings to care to bring families together when their injured family member need them most is incredible. Thank you lukes wings you inspired my son to want to recover by bringing us with him.
Hello my name is Carlos Lopez and I'm the father of an injured Marine who's hospitalized in Maryland recovering from multiple injuries endured while in combat in Afghanistan last April. Words cannot express the gratitude my whole family feels within our hearts having Luke's wings there to assist our family with flights so we can care for our loved ones needs. Without their outstanding assistance, flights would be impossible for us. I can't imagine my son progressing in his recovery as he has and is doing had he gone through all he has alone. Luke's wings providing my wife with flights to care for him and to come home and care for all of us has elevated us from one of many worries. And for that I will always be thankful. I've witnessed some go through this transition alone and it's very sad and different compared to the ones blessed with family members caring for them. The efforts Luke's wings puts into bringing families together is exceptually awesome! I'm grateful because I can only imagine by what I've witnessed that their job is not easy but by their faces I can tell its rewarding to them to do what they do. Thank you likes wings team!
My son, Sgt Joshua Lopez (ret), is the eldest of seven. He was a well behaved child, very athletic, and made good grades. As a promise to his best friend after high school he enlisted in the US Marine Corp. On 3rd deployment to Afghanistan he was severely injured and was hospitalized at Walter Reed in Maryland. I stayed to care for my son and therefore lost my job. My husband was / is self employed and our children were all still in school dependant on us. We lived pay check to pay check not able to afford flights to be by Joshua bed side and this is how we learnt of Lukes Wings. Joshua's moral for the 1st time was not so posiitve. So having family there seeing him through this tragic time of his life really played a positive role on his recovery. My son had over 40 surgeries. And although a hard decision, he chose to amputate his right lower leg. After each procedure Joshua struggled, he had difficult moments and needed us to boost his spirits. Keep him willing to fight to live. Without lukes wings I don't know how my son's outcome would have been but because of them, bringing us by his bed side time and time again, I know it made a world of difference and is why my son recovered well and is doing better in life. Lukes Wings works hard for our military. Thank you Lukes Wings! You are a blessing on our military families!! And we all love you guys so very much!!!
Jennifer Magerer was extremely helpful and polite, as she arranged my older brother to come visit me after not seeing me for quite some time due to my illness and service-connected disabilities whilst I was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Luke's Wings is perfect and simple when it comes to mission and how they accomplish the mission and from a veteran to see civilians do that is just awesome and mind blowing. Keep it up Jennifer and Luke's Wings and thank you for your service to your Country.
My son was injured in Afghanistan on December 13, 2011. He lost both legs and had extensive damage to both hands/arms. He also had a traumatic brain injury. He was in a Coma for a month, in intensive care for the better part of two months and in the hospital inpatient/on campus outpatient for two years eleven months and fifteen days. During that time Luke’s Wings provided my family with well over thirty flights. My son is the oldest of six children. As you can imagine we were all devastated. We had no idea how our family was going to financially sustain this blow. We were a paycheck to paycheck family. That was also something we really didn’t have time to worry about at that particular moment. All our thoughts were focused on getting Christian stabilized. We were worried every minute of every day. The family wanted to come visit but the military doesn’t cover that type of expense. I was with Christian but the rest of the family was back in Tennessee. It was exhausting to think about. Luke’s Wings stepped in and provided the first of many flights for my husband and Christian’s grandmother to come to see him in March of 2012. That was the beginning of a long and lasting relationship with Luke’s Wings. Not only did they provide flights but also participated in milestone events like the first steps on prosthetics and first public outings. Fast forward to October 2017, nearly 6 years later and we are still in touch with the staff of Luke’s Wings which I now call family. They provided us with so much during those six years but nothing as important as the friendship we share.
Luke's Wings provided many flights for my family so we could support my brother, and Army Sargent, in his recovery from wounds he sustained in Afghanistan. I truly believe that us being able to be by his side during his recovery was not just physical support, but emotional support and it was vital to his recovery. I had the honor of accompanying my brother to the Luke's Wings Gala and it was an amazing experience!
Stumbled upon Lukes Wing Gala fundraiser and thought why, not. Went to the fundraiser not expecting much since I have gone to so many, I was wrong. The passion, the involvement, the commitment was seen by everyone there. The stories and the impact was from the heart, not a publicity stunt, even if the nonprofit raised nothing, they made the people there involved in the passion for the mission to help others. I have been going to the Lukes Wings Gala ever since, not really for the items being donated, but to get me feeling alive again, that people are making a difference, against great challenges, Lukes Wings will move mountains to make you feel alive again!
The organization and all the people involved are incredible. They make it easy, in a time of stress to be able to have family either brought to you or the ability to go to them. My husband has been a patient at Walter Reed since May,dealing with surgery and complication due to combat related amputation. I hadn’t been able to see my 18 year old daughter in almost 6 months and she needed her Mom, as we are from AZ. Once we were vetted, the process was painless and within 24 hours had someone contact me to book a flight. This took the stress out of a moment of uncertainty with a quickness. Would recommend supporting this group over so many others. They truly make life easier for those dealing with unexpected stresses as well as expenses.
I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for Luke’s Wings!! Over the past few years they flew our boys in to Walter Reed/Bethesda so we could be a normal family while my husband recovered there! Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays were not missed in the 2 years we were separated!! Always grateful for those precious moments spent with our sweet boys!!
This organizations is one of the greatest that I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. My late husband, a Captain in the Army, was being treated for a very painful bone cancer at Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD. We knew that unfortunately, a cure was not to be... While we were there, our families were living in Florida. Financially it was difficult to have them with us as often as we needed them. Luke's Wings stepped in graciously so many times so that both of our families could be with us until the very end and they even flew us out to Hawaii so that my husband could attend one last St. Barb's ball where he received The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. If it weren't for Luke's Wings, we would have had to battle so many things alone and he would not have gotten that last chance of seeing so many of his best friends and soldiers. This organization will forever be dear to mine and our families hearts.
The creation of Luke's Wings, from the founder to the entire staff, should be praised for all that they do. Not only do they do an outstanding job uniting our wounded service members with family and friends, but they do it with a passion that is matchless. They do so much more for each person they support than their website even describes...and they do it with heart and soul. They are tireless patriots who stop at nothing to accomplish their mission. I have seen countless families and friends united over the years, and that is a service that only Luke's Wings provides. The enormous scale of their support is over the top. They never stop. 365 days of the year they are bringing people together. When you are hospitalized, your recovery depends on the support of loved ones, and that means friends as well as family. Luke's Wings is the best. At the top of their field. No one does it better.
Though I am not a member of the military nor a family member of a wounded warrior, I do spend considerable time with both. I have witnessed on countless occasions the evidence of the joy and gratitude of those wounded and their friends and families as they share time together that otherwise would not be possible. Luke's Wings makes that possible. Where some organizations only transport immediate family, Luke's Wings brings friends together as well. Friends are a crucial part of the healing process. God bless this organization for their work in connecting these families and friends. The personal service and dedication of each of their employees is clearly a passion with each of them. Whenever anyone asks who they should donate their hard earned dollars to I always recommend Luke's Wings!
Review from Guidestar
I have been working with Luke’s Wings as a volunteer for a number of years and the work they do is phenomenal. They are always putting those they serve at the forefront of all they do and are meeting a real need in the military community.
Luke’s Wings has been there for my family in a way that no other organization has been. They’ve made sure that we’ve had access to family whenever we need them even from states away while my husband is recovering from multiple serious injuries. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them!
They have always been there for me when I needed it the most. They made it possible to be reunited with my family on several occasions. Which has helped me tremendously with my medical care. Thank you Luke’s Wings for all that you do.
Lukes Wings is an awesome group. Thanks to them i have been able to have my daugthers with me in the summer, after 2 years been away from them because of deployment and health threatments at Walter Reed National Military Hospital. I am from PR and my mother is an ill elderly woman, because of the huricane she is having a hard time, and again, thanks to this guys sbe will be able to travel here to stay with me until things get better at the island.
Luke's Wings is a great nonprofit that works hard to give Veterans and their families support when they need it most. As the President of Hogs And Heroes Maryland 1 chapter I can attest that Luke's Wings is a nonprofit that is strives to raise awareness and funding for Veteran needs.
My husband, Heath, was injured in July of 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. At the time, I was living in Boston for the summer and enjoying my first ever internship. Little did I know that my life was about to change. With the help of Luke's Wings and other generous NGOs I was able to see Heath frequently throughout his recovery in Georgia.
As a college student I had little to no funds to fly myself to Augusta, GA and wasn't even able to rent a car without a huge fee; taking flying to Atlanta and renting a car off the table. Luckily, I didn't have to worry about that for too long because Luke's Wings stepped in. Luke's Wings strengthened our relationship, it was actually on one of my Luke's Wings trips that he asked me to marry him. I was able to be a part of his recovery while still working towards my degree. We also adopted our first dog together on one of my Luke's Wings trips.
Big hearts, great people, awesome support. Plus, they all genuinely care about each and every person they serve.
I've had a chance to meet the (tiny but mighty!) staff of Luke's Wings and am in awe of how much they are able to accomplish with so little overhead. By keeping their team small, they are able to devote a huge portion of their incoming donations to their mission of keeping veterans connected to a support network. Despite their small staff size, they are able to respond to veteran requests very quickly, and the veterans I've spoken to who have benefited from Luke's Wings have nothing but praise for both the general operation and the wonderful women who staff it.
I am a wounded warrior who was in need of transportation help to get my daughter to me so that she could spend time with me to help facilitate my healing. I did not have the financial capability to do that at the time. Luke's Wings was able to help me and I was able to have much needed time with my daughter. Without their help this would not have been possible. I am eternally thankful for their help and hope they can help many more Service Members.
Luke's Wings is an amazing organization! They strive for excellence in serving our Wounded Warriors by taking care of the major and minor details so desperately needed, but often overlooked. The fact that they provide flights for loved ones of our wounded heroes so they can be by their side during the recovery process is priceless. The touch of a hand, the warmth of a kiss or just the presence of a loved one can work miracles that even modern medicine at times cannot accomplish. When you stop and think about the sacrifices these men and women have made, it is our duty to enhance their recovery and thank God we have Luke's Wings to make that happen. It is an organization I am proud to donate to, be involved with and watch as they continue to dedicate themselves and resources to make a difference in our military heroes' lives. All the events we have attended have been focused on the men and women whom they serve as well as uplifting, emotional and rewarding for those of us in attendance. You walk away knowing you have made a difference - what an awesome feeling! Thank you Luke's Wings!!
Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic fundraising team
What a wonderful organization! We are elated with Luke's Wings support. Faced with a serious medical condition- a cancerous brain tumor, I became dependent upon my brother to take care of me. Luke's Wings made that support possible by funding multiple trips from Florida to Maryland. Also, the Luke's Wings staff was extremely friendly and focused on our well being, inviting us to exclusive events. As a veteran, I am extremely blessed to be eligible for such a fantastic program.
Anne-marie and Gary
Facing my second spinal surgery in less than a year, and dealing with severe PTSD and a TBI, my family was concerned that my wife would not be able to take care of my children while giving me the care I needed, especially in the first critical week after surgery. Luke's Wings stepped in and offered to fly in my parents to assist with post surgical care and to aid with our family in a severe time and need. The folks at Luke's Wings were so wonderful, doing everything they could to work with my parents and get them flown in quickly and without any problems. They made such a large impact that my parents have even started donating their miles to the organization for their appreciation. In a time of so much red tape to prove your need and combat injuries, working with the staff at Luke's Wings were a blessing. They are an amazingly caring staff who just wants to take care of those veterans and their families that truly need it. We couldn't have done it without them!
When my best friend, Adam Devine, lost both of his legs while serving overseas he was getting treatment at Walter Reed Hospital. Through the generosity of Luke's Wings I was able to visit Adam multiple times.
I am a Registered Nurse and I work with Marines and Sailors who are Combat Casualties. I have called Luke's wings on several occasions on behalf of these Veterans and their families and Luke's Wings has been able to assist each and every time in getting them where they needed to go! Whether to visit their combat brothers and or family or even to go to medical evaluations! This is a top notch organization, where you can see what your donation dollars are doing.
I was fortunate to have been introduced to Luke's Wings at a Chamber event last summer. I was so impressed with their mission that I made a decision to get involved with their wonderful cause immediately. When you understand the sacrifices our American Heroes / Wounded Warriors have made for our country, it is a "no brainer" to choose this Non Profit to donate to. We have attended events, met the owners, met some of the Wounded Warriors and have seen firsthand the difference this organization is making!! Excellent organization, excellent cause, excellent mission. I am a business owner and have chosen Luke's Wings as the non-profit we support. I encourage others to do the same, Thank you Luke's Wings for working hard to take care of those who have taken care of us. God Bless the USA.
Lukes Wings a WONDERFUL organization and charity that has help us and our friends with travel on more than one occasion! They graciously serve the Veteran and Wounded Warrior po]ulation (of which we belong). They not only flew us from treatment in Virginia, but our youngest son and grandson from Connecticut to attend, as a family, our middle sons Air Force graduation. We never could have afforded it in our situation (full time rehab and medical care, maintaining what amounted to two homes on less than half our pre-deployment / pre-injury income). More recently, they flew my husbands Battle Buddy's daughter and grandchildren to Florida to see him before he passed away from cancer. There are countless others we know who have been blessed with air fare for themselves or family for anything as simple as a much needed visit and a hug to graduation to emergency needs and funerals. These are some of the most wonderful, caring, kind and generous people you will ever meet, and I am grateful we met them!
My daughter was injured in July 2013 in the Nanghar Province, Afghanistan. We are from Wisconsin and get back when we can. With the help of Lukes Wings, Jennifer Magurer and Sandy, we have been able to be back for special occasions and truly important moments. We can't say "Thank You" enough for all their great work. Just recently I've met a lot of the other staff and volunteers from Lukes Wings, what can I say...Great group of people!
Thus charity has helped many of my friends who were injured be qble to have family members close by and rushed employees are amazingly kind and involved.
While my husband and I were at Walter Reed we could not financially afford to see our family all the way in Ca for the holidays. Luke's Wings were always there to help us when we needed to see our family, even if any emergency came up. We were able to contact them easily with no questions asked and then we were on a flight. This foundation is awesome at what they do.
On December 9,2011 our life's changed forever . My son was injured by an bomb . We had to make tough choices and one of us had to quit our job and go be by his side . I was it , I took wrong clothes and not even a jacket to dc. We couldn't afford to go shopping money was not there for anything even for my husband to come see my son . Jennifer with Luke's wings stepped up and was there for us . Her and Luke's wings made it possible for us to stay connected as a family . We have two boys and one was still in school in Texas so it was hard to be needed in both places ,,they are always there for us for anything they can help with and more . Please keep this group in your prayers and thoughts when donating , they truly use the funds for clients and not Hugh salaries for broad members . Thank you Margaret burleson
In January of this year, 2015, I received a call from my sister in TX. My precious WWII Dad was in the process of passing from this life. Being Senior Citizens ourselves and in a financial bind, I called Luke's Wings. I spoke with a precious lady and by that evening, my husband and I were flying from MN to TX, at no cost to us. I did make it in time, even though my Dad couldn't respond much, I was able to speak to him, hug and kiss him and tell him how much I loved him.
I will be forever grateful to Luke's Wings for that opportunity to be with my Dad at that time. They are a wonderful service doing the best they can for not only the service people, but their families as well. It is one place the donations are used for the people, they do what they say they will do.
Luke's Wings changes lives. Having met dozens of servicemembers and their families that have been provided with care by this organization, I can confidently say that there is a personal touch from the staff at Luke's Wings that simply does not exist in other nonprofits.
Lindsay and Jennifer oversee a top tier organization with minimal, and dedicated, staff. Not only does Luke's Wings provide hundreds of flight per year to needing families - but the organization often reaches out to those in need before they have a chance to make a request. Luke's Wings is a standout example of an organization that provides proactive, not just reactive, care. Because every day, the people who work there are looking for people to help.
I would challenge anyone to describe a nonprofit which has such an extraordinary record of care. And its beneficiaries are the very first ones to sing the praises of Luke's Wings. In my mind, there is no higher statement of an organization's success than one made by someone it has helped.
Luke's Wings goes far above and beyond the call of duty in helping servicemembers and their families. The staff forms personal relationships with them, months and sometimes years after they found them in their time of need.
Servicemembers are asked to potentially give their last full measure of devotion on the battlefield. And nothing less is required of their families. No one understands this better than the staff at Luke's Wings; and they deserve every possible public recognition and honor.
When my husband was wounded, he was hospitalized for a long period and I was unable to be away from work for the entire time. Luke's Wings enabled us to cover the gaps by flying in family and friends to assist with his convalescence. The staff worked overtime to meet our requests for assistance- even the short-notice ones!- and always seemed happy to do it. We are so grateful for the help this nonprofit provided us during a difficult and trying time.
Lukes wings is an amazing organization. They made it possible for my mother her sister and I to see my grandfather who was a Vietnam vet and on hospice. He lived in another state and his hospice nurses had informed us that he wasn't expected to make it more than a few days. Without Lukes Wings help we would not have been able to see him or say goodbye. What they did for us meant everything to my family. I could never thank them enough!
Luke's Wings is one of the most amazing groups in the DC area. From the help with getting flights, to random Friday night ball games, I have never been disappointed or bored with the outcome. The team at Luke's Wings is a top notch group that actually and truly cares. #keepthemflying
This organization has assisted numerous wounded combat vets. Every dollar is utilized for the veterans they assist.
Hello, my name is SGT Wilson. I am a Soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2014, I wanted to write a little note letting others that might need help in their travels to visit family or friends.
I saw a segment on the "Today Show" about Lukes Wings expressing the desire to help reunite Service Members with their family's.
The process is very simple, in fact I filled out the form on my iPhone. I heard back from a representative of Lukes Wings witching 24hrs, they worked with and around my Leave dates and I have been able to visit my family on different occasions.
I'd just like to add they have a wonderful staff of people there one of which is named Jennifer Meager who helped me even on her day off... I can't express enough gratitude for Lukes Wings !
Review from Guidestar
Hi there !! I am a combat veteran that is currently undergoing a multitude of different treatments to care for myself as I have a Traumatic brain injury. I am currently doing many therapies and spend most of my day on a daily basis at the doctor. Thanks to Luke's Wings I am able to send my son to visit his grandmother for the summer so that I can focus on my care and not worry about not being around for my son and taking care of his needs. This organization really cares about the well being of not only Soldiers, but their families as well. I am so very grateful to them. My son is ecstatic as well. AGAIN....THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH LUKES WINGS!!!!!
Review from Guidestar
Luke's Wings is an amazing non-profit that has done so many things for many many wounded and thier families, including my husband and myself.
May 8, 2012, our then 22 year old son, a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in Afghanistan, stepped on an IED and lost both of his legs. It doesnt take much of an imagination to conjure up the simultaneous feelings of shock, fear, sorrow, nausea, and confusion, along with gratitude that your loved one is alive, that family and friends feel upon hearing this news. The first days are a blur. The Marine Corps flew my husband, myself, and one of our 5 children, our younger son, from Pueblo, Colorado to D.C. to Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. What a joy to see our precious son, alive and very upbeat, very much himself in spite of his injuries. How very quickly it becomes overwhelming when you are told of the months, possibly years of treatment that lie ahead and the realization that one of us will be able, thank God, to stay with him through his recovery time, but that we will be separated as a family. After a few days, my husband and younger son flew home and I stayed with our injured son. We were told about Luke's Wings, a wonderful organization that wil fly family in to visit their wounded warrior for free. What a Godsend! Our family of 7 is very close and the joy that it brought my son to have his three sisters and his beloved niece able to visit him later that week was the best medicine in the world. Many times throughout the next year, Luke's Wings provided flights which I credit directly with my son's cheerful attitude, quick healing, and keeping our family close. I was away from my then 15 year old daughter and my husband throughout that year and from my 10 year old daughter for 6 months, but thanks to Luke's Wings, my son and I flew home for the best Thanksgiving and Christmas ever, our first visit home since May. Anytime I am asked what charities were the most helpful during our time at Walter Reed, Luke's Wings is at the top of the list. Not only did they keep us together as a family, flying us between Colorado and D.C., but Jen Magerer, the liaison at Luke's Wings, is a friend to all the families at Walter Reed, coordinating fun outings, providing for us in ways above and beyond her job description, and just being a friend. I know this is a bit long, but I just can't say enough about this wonderful charity. My son and I came home this May, one year after his injuries. He is doing very well. He is now engaged to a lovely young lady who was his girlfriend last May and is now his fiancée. Luke's Wings flew her out several times over the last year as well, which definitely contributed to my son's healing process and happiness. To our family, Luke's Wings are angel's wings.
Review from Guidestar
Hi, my name is Rebecca Strong, the wife of Chaplain Will Strong Jr. Chaplain Strong collapsed in Fort Irwin, California due to a condition called Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain). He has had a lot of complications due to this condition and has had two brain surgeries to place a shunt to remove fluid off his brain. Last April, Lindsay Kin and Fletcher flew to the Hydro Angel of the Year Event in San Antonio, Texas to meet Will and let him know that he was going to get his dream come true. His dream was to fly to Alaska to see his family, including his sister whom he hadn't seen in over 12 years. He was suppose to fly last July, but was too sick to do so. Will was medically retired in September of 2012. Our family is currently visiting Wasilla, Alaska and we are so thankful to Luke's Wings who was able to purchase our tickets and for following up with us through out this past year as we needed to wait for him to be well enough. I definitely recommend that people should give to this organization as they are doing so much to help our wounded military families. I haven't seen my husband smile this much in a very long time. Thank you Luke's Wings.
Hello my name is CPL Joshua Lopez. I am a US Marine injured early April 2013, while in combat in Afghanistan. Ever since have been hospitalized recovering from my many injuries at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. I come from a big family having 6 younger siblings, my father self employed and his work load is very slow and my mother who lost her job to be with me caring for all needs this whole time. Luke's Wings unselfish acts of kindness has allowed my mother to be with me as well fly back and forth home to also attend to the rest of the family. Without their dedication and generosity, it would be impossible for my family to assist me as they have. I am forever grateful for all their hard work, their kindness and the immediate flights they provide which makes a world of a difference in my spiritual outcome as well as in my recovery progress. I've witnessed their devotion at Walter Reed visiting numerous families from all branches. Spending countless hours of their own time making life a little nicer for the injured. Bringing personal items such as clothing for the ladies to attend the balls. Things such as that that they do not have to do but do so because of their sincere kind nature. I've seen and delt with other organizations and by far Luke's wings has touched my heart the most. Thank you Jennifer, Tammi, Linsey and Fletcher. I'm humbled by your blessings! God bless Luke's wings
Great organization that helped us in the time of need. Very carrying people and each and everyone of them is taking time to be personally involved in the lives of wounded soldiers.
Luke's Wings make it possible for me to come visit my brother at Walter Reed. He was wounded in Afghanistan almost three years ago and is still there doing physical therapy every day. It is because of Luke's Wings that I am able to come visit him and marvel in his progress- I would not be able to afford a plane ticket across the country and they make it possible. It has been especially touching to me when they reach out in times of uncertainty and get you there as soon as possible when your wounded warrior is back in the hospital and in need of the love of their family. Thank you Luke's Wings for everything you do!
Not only have I been a volunteer for over a year at this point, I have also taken this cause on as my platform for the Exquisite International pageant. I volunteer as well as help spread awareness on this cause because in my heart they are the most important charity I could ever spend my free time working for. I hope that more people come to realize that taking care of our wounded Veterans is not a luxury its a necessity.
Being born and raised in the DC area I have participated in a lot of volunteer organizations however, never have I cried, laughed and felt more proud to be a part of an organization. What they do is so incredible and helps on a level that is SO important in helping our wounded Veterans know they are not forgotten for their sacrifice. I hold their mission very close to my heart and look forward to helping them connect Veterans with their families for years to come!
On January 24, my 82 year old father was scheduled for surgery on his right leg. He has had approximately 13 surgeries to include five heart surgeries. He has also had prostate cancer. My father had surgery in November 2011 and died during the procedure but the doctors were able to revive him. I requested help from Luke's Wings to be with my father before, during and after his surgery. His is a Marine Veteran who lives in Florida and I am an Air Force Veteran who lives in Texas. My father is married and he and my stepmother have raised three grandchildren for the past 17 years. The eldest child who is now 18, just recently moved from their home. They sill have two children there, ages 16 and 15. There are no school buses for help, no local grocery stores or gas stations. They only own one car. Despite their ages and my dad's heath, they have had to manage raising children on limited income and resources and little support from others. I was not sure how much help I could be, but I wanted to be there to help and support my parents before and after my dad's surgery.
The surgery was to help restore blood circulation to his foot. His does not have diabetes, but has had poor circulation in his veins and arteries for years. He has had most of the veins in his left leg replaced. Veins have been taken from his arms and used elsewhere. He has had surgery on his right leg before and has plastic veins in it. For some reason, there was no blood flow below the knee of his right leg so one of the surgeons recommend amputation of the leg above the knee. Another surgeon suggested they wait until they open his leg and see what other options they may have. During surgery, the doctors found a functioning vein below the knee which ran to the foot. The vein which was not functioning was replaced with a vein from a cadaver and connected to a working vein in the thigh area and the working vein in the shin area. He stay in the hospital a few days to ensure the vein would continue to function and provide blood flow to his foot. He has a strong pulse in his foot. My step mother and I took turns staying with him in the hospital. Once home, I was able to help with getting the children to school, getting him to the bathroom, in and out of his chair, making him comfortable, staying with him so my stepmother could go to the grocery store, taking him to a doctor's appointment., etc.
When he went into surgery, my stepmother, father and I had some of the same fears. Would he survive? Would he lose and leg and if so, could he return home? How would my stepmother be able to manage a 6', 280 lb man? How would she be able to manage the children without him? When I found out he was not going to lose his leg and he could eventually return home, all I could do was cry and be thankful he was still alive.
This may be more information than requested, but I want to some how convey how important it was for my father and me to be there during this time. I am very fortunate to still have my father in my life at our ages. Thank you Luke's Wings and your supporte for allowing me to have this opportunity to spend time he and his family. We not only spent time together, we got to create memories and I believe drew us closer together. I will always be grateful. Thank you.
Review from Guidestar
My fiance Jessie is a double amputee, above the knee. He was injured in Afghanistan Oct. 17, 2011. Jessie and I first heard about Luke's Wings through their No Soldier Spends Christmas Alone campaign 2011 and got our first flight through them with this program. We definitely did not spend Christmas alone that year and were able to fly home to spend it with family and friends instead of in a hospital room. Since then, the organization has flown us several times, including a surprise visit to Jessie's 9 year old brother for his birthday who had not seen Jessie since before he was deployed to Afghanistan. We're very grateful for what they do, not only for us, but for the many other families that have been impacted by their flights and also their friendship. Jessie and I are so proud to be a part of the Luke's Wings Family!! I recommend Luke's Wings to all the new families at the hospital that I can.
Review from Guidestar
My son CPL Joshua Lopez a US Marine, was injured in Afghanistan on April 2, 2012 while in combat after he stepped on a 40 pound IED (improvised exposive devise.) The explosion resulted in many serious injuries. My husband is self employed and I began a new job the day my son was blown up. Although we have a large family and know they need us, Joshua was a priority and being with him meant we would figure all else out later. This was the hardest experience of my life and even at my age, I had been through many trails. For my husband and I to witness our son go through so many surgical procedures sometime 2-3 per week for almost two (2) months was the worse feeling EVER! And having six (6) children at home depending on us just brought so much anguish! To be helpless and still have other life situations coming on it was very helpful to have an organization such as Luke's Wings out there making miracles happen for families who need to be together but do not have the financial means. Thanks to Luke's Wings I was able to fly back and forths from Walter Reed Medical Center where my son Joshua is a patient and home to be with my children and husband as well. I call it, "Able to be in two worlds". It's one less life stressor I as a mother and a wife had to endure because of their kindness and dedication in seeking donations/sponsors to make miracles happen. Here are my sons injuries: His pelvis was broken front & back, lacerations to the right arm, right hand wounded causing a hole through the hand, left heel was detached, lacerations to both legs from heel to up to buttocks, Left leg loss of tissue needing full skin grafting, right leg loss 15cm of tibia, muscle and tissue. Attmepts to salvage the right leg but after four (4) months in severe pain and negative results from surgeries, Joshua decided to have the lower leg amputated. Mentally he is a trooper and well! God bless Luke's Wings now and forever! I will always be humbly grateful for their existance! Mrs. Jessica Meglone-Lopez