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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The mission and purpose of Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV) is to ensure that no financially stressed wounded warrior or their adversely affected family member(s) is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, counseling or rehabilitation for lack of financial means for long-distance medical air transportation.  ACV is committed to the ongoing healing process of our wounded warriors and will provide transport for activities that aid in the process.

Results: Over 14,000 flights have been provided for wounded warriors and their adversely affected family members in the past 40 months.

Target demographics: Wounded warriors and their adversely affected family members needing transportation for medical, counseling and rehabilitation services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Air compassion for veterans provides no-cost, long-distance medical air transportation for financially needy veterans and/or family patients requiring access to distant, specialized, medical evaluation, diagnosis (see schedule o)

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

gnicolai

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Air Compassion for Veterans since it's inception. And while I have not had the need to use their services directly, I have watched the program help thousands of our Wounded Warriors and their families by easing the burden of the costs of flights to their treatment centers, home on leave, and sadly, transporting family members for burial services of their loved ones. ACV has reunited family members with their injured loved one to promote healing and provide support and encouragement. While one soldier had no family, ACV flew his best friend to visit him at Walton Reed Hospital. The stories from the soldiers we have helped are touching and inspirational. We pray that ACV will find the funding to continue their mission.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an Angel Flight Pilot and now can include veterans and family for transportation to and from events/treatments. I am honored to be able to do this for those that have dedicated their lives to help serve and protect out country.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACV is a totally dedicated group of people. They have a real passion for serving our armed forces. They provide critical transportation to wounded warriors to get to specialized treatment and how ACV makes that happen when government can't cover the cost. As a retired Naval Officer, I cannot emphaisize the importance of their efort to the military members and their families.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found Air Compassion for Veterans to be totally dedicated to helping our men and women in uniform. They unselfishly give of time and resources to make the lives of our veterans better and let them know how much we appreciate their service. The staff is extremely helpful and courteous. Their annual Halos and Heros appreciation in Virginia Beach brings together veterans froma ll branches of service to enjoy food, fellowship, friends and entertainment in a very patriotic environment.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a profound joy to join in helping Air Compassion For Veterans assist our military heroes. Whether helping with Internet programming, flying a veteran in need of medical care, or attending a ceremony to honor our wounded warriors, Air Compassion For Veterans has provided me not only with an opportunity to serve, but with an opportunity to be personally blessed.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stand amazed at the selfless dedication of ACV to minister to the needs of veterans and their families during difficult financial and emotional times. They represent what America is all about...helping one another. May God continue to richly bless this organization.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help with fundraising, public education and combined federal campaign activities. This is a wonderful charity that provides free medically related air transportation for wounded warriors, veterans and their families when DOD is unable to do so which is often. ACV is now providing over 500 flights per month. The staff and volunteers are extremely passionate about helping those who sacrifice for our country.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization that goes all out to the support our wounded warriors and their families. Staff shows great compassion when dealing with families under very trying situations.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I assist in writing fundfing proposals for Air Compassion for Veterans. I know their financial numbers and they spend at least 95% of the funds given for the program - on program costs. They spend no money for fundraising and a bare minimum on corporate administration. I also see the letters of appreciation coming in from Generals to privates. They do outstanding work.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with ACV for about a year. I have also been affliated with several other non-profit organizations. I have have found the ACV and its staff are clearly more caring, more giving, more focused and more professional than any other non-profit organization that I know. Their ONLY motivation is to ensure that our veterans and their families get the care they need and deserve. NONE BETTER!!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think that every time I have helped out Air Compassion for Veterans it has been a very nice and rewarding experience. What this non-profit group does to help our veterans is a wonderful thing.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond in providing exemplary service to veterans and veteran families in need of transportation. As a veteran, I'm glad to see there is an organization that has so much compassion and support for our fellow veterans.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At a time when the news media has reported widespread abuse among many veterans charities, it is good to know there is an organization that uses 96 percent of its funds to directly help veterans by providing free medically-related flights. It's also good to read the inspiring stories of soldiers wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan who are on the road to recovery because of Air Compassion for Veterans. This is a five star charity that I hope will be able to continue serving for many years to come.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV) in action and I have seen our veterans served. I have been there when a veteran wept as he received a much needed service dog – because ACV flew him to the school. I have seen a parent get into the plane with their wounded warrior son to fly home with them. I have seen first hand how this incredible non-profit organization serves those who have given so much for us in service to our country. After all, if they are will to sacrifice for us shouldn’t we be willing to rise up to their needs? If a service member needs to get to a doctors appointment, if they need to get to therapy shouldn’t we do everything possible to get them there? Why is it so hard for them to find funding? Think about it.