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
I have been very impressed with the leadership of this organization. They do bring great "compassion" to their mission and appear to execute very well on it.
This organization is by far the #1 nonprofit providing charitable air transportation to wounded veterans and/or veteran family members FREE of charge. The compassion which they show and the passion in which they serve is Americanism at its finest!
I served 35 years in the US Army and served in combat on two separate deployments. I am a veteran of the Vietnam War. I have witnessed first hand the casualties on the battlefield as well as the casualties the service men and their families endure on a continuing basis back home. The Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV) plays a major role in seeing that these casualties are in fact taken care of and provide an extremely important service by providing transportation to the wounded warriors and their families to receive critical specialized medical treatment. If it were not for ACV some of these patients would not receive the care they so desparetly need due to the lack of government funds. The ACV is one of the most worthy organizations we have today supporting the wounded warriors.
The mother of a deployed service member had been trying, unsuccessfully, to get help to fly from Maryland to Washington state to be with her family after the death of her sons infant son. Discouraged, her friend asked, have you called Air Compassion?" The reply she heard when she asked for help was "when do you need to leave?" The rest is history. She was able to be at the side of her son during a time of family grief.