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 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.
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 have been involved with ACV for about 2 years. I could write pages and pages about the work that they do and the veterans they have helped. I do not have direct experiences to write about. However, I do have experince with nonprofits and the people that make them tick. I listen to the stories,the work and witness the dedication of the leadership. From my point of view, organizations survive because of their resiliency. In these times of economic challenges, ACV does not complain about lack of funding, instead they chose to work harder coming up with ways to continue their mission. We are lucky to have our veterans, our veterans are lucky to have ACV.
Served 30 years in the Air Force including two combat tours. Personally experienced the trauma and stress that affects our men and women wounded in combat. ACV flys our wounded warriors to/from specialized treatment centers when no other organization is equipped to do so. ACV also provides air transport for a wounded warrior's family members to with them at the treatment facility. It is my privilege to support ACV financially and as a member of an affliated board.
I'm a retired Naval Officer and combat verteran as a Naval Aviator during Desert Storm. I am involved in other organizations that are both for profit and non profit, and I can safely say that I have more passion for what I see ACV doing than I do for anything else I do on a daily basis. The commitment, dedication and effort everyone puts into this much needed outreach and Mission is incomparable.
Never have I seen so few (volunteers) do so much for our veterans in their time of need with so much compassion and so few funds. When the goverment services are not timely or not available Air Compassion for Veterans steps in ( by invitation ) to see that medical services are available at some distant location and transports the wounded warrior and his family at no cost.
The area on Donations "Could" lead one to believe that the lowest dollar donation is $330. I would rework that area to clearly state donations no matter how small would be appreciated