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Luke's Wings, Inc.

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Luke's Wings is an organization dedicated to the support of veterans who have been wounded wounded in battle. Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke's Wings provides families with the means to visit the veterans during their hospitalization and rehabilitation. By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for veterans' loved ones, Luke's Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms. While individual donations may be made directly through our website www.lukeswings.org, Luke's Wings also encourages corporations to share in our thanks to veterans directly through corporate sponsorship and corporate donations. The organization sponsors and organizes fundraising events in and around the Washington, D.C. area for this purpose, while also raising money for veterans' families by selling t-shirts, stickers, and wrist bands with the company logo. Recognizing the difficulties families encounter as they make their way to their loved ones' side, Luke's Wings is prepared to partner with corporations to ease the burden on families and veterans during their visit. Luke's Wings will purchase plane tickets for a family to travel to the Army Medical Hospital, then Luke's Wings may partner with a hotel and a theme park for free or discounted accommodations, meals, and entertainment.

Results: Luke's Wings was incorporated in January, 2008. Between January 2008 and December 2010, Luke's Wings raised $211,679 from donations, sponsorships, and (fundraising) ticket sales. With that revenue, Luke's Wings booked 240 airplane tickets to bring loved ones to the bedsides of our wounded warriors currently recovering all over the country. 2011 proved to be a banner year, raising $960,976 and spending more than $123,000 on flights for our wounded warrior families.

Target demographics: Wounded Warriors, Veterans in Hospice Care & Texas Veterans (Grant)

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1000

Geographic areas served: National & International, when requested.

Programs: The Wounded Warrior Transportation Assistance Program (W.W.T.A.P.) - Luke’s Wings flies families in and out of military hospitals, but also flies Wounded Warriors home for Christmas, alive days, birthdays, major life events, or just whenever. This service helps ensure that every Wounded Warrior is supported by their family as they recover. In order to deliver this program, Luke’s Wings has partnered with ten (10) military hospitals across the country, as well as the USO, Red Cross, and United Way. Veterans in Hospice Care Transportation Assistance Program - Luke’s Wings flies families into Hospice Care facilities when a Veteran is ready to pass away. This service helps ensure that every Veteran is always surrounded by loving family and friends during their final days and hours (and is never alone when they pass away). This allows them to say their goodbyes and allows them to reconcile their differences. It is a service we hold very dear to our hearts, as we know we are providing a final salute to the greatest generation that ever lived (our WWII Veterans) and those who should have been treated better all along (our Vietnam Veterans). In order to deliver this program, Luke’s Wings has partnered with the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and their 300 partners to deliver this offer to over 300,000 veterans currently residing in senior living communities across the country.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Jessica M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Lyn B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Kristen Linde M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Lisa V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Tanya A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Kayla B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Jose A R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Aubrey R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Vinnie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 LuvMuffins H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.