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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic fundraising team

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Reviewers on GuideStar have the opportunity to rate the impact of a charity, with the highest being "Life Changing." No organization meets that mark the way Luke's Wings does. They work tirelessly to provide soldiers with the best support system and unconditional love - that of their families. They are successful because they truly believe in their cause and work steadfastly to fulfill their mission statement. This is not a hobby or a pet project - this is their passion. Thank you Luke's Wings, for taking the initiative on something we all should be doing without question - supporting our troops and their families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Luke's Wings reminds us that we must not forget those who serve, and particularly those who have been injured in that service. Luke's Wings brings family and service members together when often the individuals themselves can not afford it and this makes a tremendous impact on them, their families and their communities.

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Donor

Rating: 4

This is a truly amazing organization. They have a single, well-defined core mission: bringing the families and friends of wounded (most egregiously--TBI, amputees, etc.) warriors to be with them while in one of the ten rehab hospitals in the U.S. It makes such a real difference to the wounded men and women of our Armed Services to have family members with them as they recover and begin a new chapter in their lives and many cannot afford airline tickets and hotel rooms. I sent my donation on a Tues, got a thank you on Thurs., and an email update on Friday of how my money was used to fly the family of a Marine amputee's family from Tennessee to D.C. to visit him while at Walter Reed. I got to know the Marine, and see a photo slideshow of his rehab through their Facebook page and email updates. I was blown away by their efficient and immediate use of my donation, and by the way their staff actually goes to Walter Reed each week to spend time with the wounded warriors and their families who are visiting. I wish all non-profits worked like this.