As a volunteer pilot, it is truly a great honor to serve our wounded warriors through the Veteran's Airlift Command. VAC is always organized, professional, and caring for our wounded veterans, and I am committed to flying for them at every opportunity I can.
I wish there were more veterans groups with the high service ethic to our vets that VAC has, they are head & shoulders one of the best for our vets!
BIG DOG flying Citation N610BD
As a volunteer pilot for VAC just can't express enough what an honor it is to fly our wounded warriors to where they need to get to. Over the past 5 years, we've had the pleasure of flying more than 20 missions - each one with the most remarkable warriors on board. We are humbled by their grace, tenacity and gold star outlooks. I have to tell you, we are sad when we land the airplane and have to go our separate ways! There are no words to adequately express our gratutude to our passengers and to Vets Airlift Command, who gives us this august and life affirming opportunity. VAC is the real deal - fantastic, passionate people who make the missions possible. We love being a part of their more than 2500 volunteer pilots. We support VAC and wish we could do more! This is a non-profit that makes great things happen, solves transportation problems and is passionate about the mission. Love VAC!!
XXX Stephanie and Erwin Greenberg
On certain rare occasions there comes to the world of nonprofits in America, an organization with such vitality, such power and perfection as to make normal standards of measurement seem clumsy and inadequate. Such a nonprofit is the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). I have vetted many other nonprofits who advertise their services to U.S. wounded soldiers but have found none that performs so much with only a small staff where approximately 95% of every dollar actually goes to assisting wounded soldiers. I have been a VAC volunteer air crew member for over two years and have participated in nearly 100,000 air miles of transporting many wounded soldiers due solely to the smart and efficient management of the VAC. I rank them number one as a nonprofit providing the most valuable service to our nation's veterans and active duty military personnel. Let me put it another way.....there are no better nonprofits in the U.S. than the Veterans Airlift Command.
Sincerely, Richard D. Iversen, Colonel, USAF, Ret.
I am a wheelchair-bound amputee. Additionally, I have TBI that makes me unable to drive myself personally. The VAC program is critical for me because it gives me a flexible and reliable means of traveling long distances, be they distant trips home, on vacation, or to a medical appointment.
They were amazing, I put in a request for a trip but at the last minute had something come up over the times i had requested. They were able to fly me earlier than I expected and were very accommodating to my needs, above all they cared a lot about what I needed and were awesome!
We have had the pleasure and HONOR to meet Sgt Evans and Rosemarie. they told us about swimming with dolphins in Florida and how they were so happy to be WARM (they miss Puerto Rico even more after THIS Winter in the NorthEast!)
I had no idea YOUR wonderful charity was their "RIDE" to this memorable trip! CONGRATULATIONS and continued success!
As VP for Operation Never Forgotten, www.operationneverforgotten.org and Operation SAS, www.operationsas.org, we cannot thank Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) enough for their support of our Big Sky Montana event for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans. Our budget did not allow us to bring 6 more wounded troopers from Oregon to Bozeman Montana to attend the event. I contacted VAC and in a couple days they had flight arrangements from three different Oregon locations to Big Sky. The 6 troopers had a great lifetime experience at Operation SAS due to the support of VAC. Thank you very much.
This picture was taken of my and Jasper (service dog in training) on the last night of Operation SAS. I brought two vets to the events on 6 Jan from Pendleton Oregon. Took two different ones home to Klamath Falls from Bozeman on 12 Jan.
Operation SAS: Free Sports, Afield and Stream Adventures for Warriors with Physical and Invisible Wounds, January 7-11, 2011. Also part of Operation NEVER Forgotten. Main banquet featured Lee Greenwood and other entertainers.
I'm a fairly new pilot for the Veteran's Airlift Command. It's obvious that VAC is efficient, well organized, and very committed to their mission. I like transporting military people and family members to places that are not well-served by airlines - where the travel day would be long and tedious with multiple connections. We can fly directly between small conveniently located airports, giving wounded warriors a fast fun trip rather than a day of airport misery.
I have had 2 missions now with Veterans Airlift Command and both will be fond memories for a long time. Co-ordination was perfect and very simple (even fot me !) to put the mission details together. But , mostly I had a very rare priviledge to share some windsheild time with our country,s finest heros. Humble , appreciative , pleasant , grateful , proud , strong, supperb examples of what this country has depended on for generations for freedom. If I did not have this dad-gum day job ; I'd take a mission everyday. I look foward to many more.
I flow my first VAC mission November 23, 2010. Great opportunity to assist those who have given so much. It is a humble honor to serve in this capacity. I look forward to future flights. Thanks to VAC.
I am a veteran of an earlier conflict and have been granted sufficient successes to be able to pilot my own aircraft. I have flown a number of missions for the VAC. The wounded warriors I have been blessed to interact with are universally humble, brave and repectful. They make you proud to be an American and proud to have met them.
I have been familiar with Walt and Veteran Airlift Command for several years. On Saturday, 7 November 2010, we flew our 3rd Mission in support of this country's wounded Heros and their families. In reality, there is so little that we can do to say "Thank You" in a meaningful way. However, one of the more impactful ways is to help one of these Heros or a family member create a memory of a happy occasion. Providing air transportation, utilizing private & business aviation, helps to bring family members together for whom this time together would not have been possible. We are humbled and honored to be of service to those who have chosen to protect our country, our values and our way of life. They, and their families, are our contemporary Heros. VAC does a very thorough and professional job vetting each potential traveler. Each of the Missions we have flown are for those truly in need of assistance. The staff is incredibly efficient and available on a nearly 24/7 basis. In short, VAC has its the act together and performs at a very high level. As has often been said, "Results & Performance are the only things that count .... everything else is "conversation". VAC Gets It Done!
Veteran's Airlift Command is a great charity organizations. VAC, with the help of many volunteer pilots and aircraft owners, enables injured Veterans to travel for care and family. We have flown two missions for the VAC and both were the most rewarding flights we've ever had. It's one way to give back to the courageous men and women who have given their health and safety for our freedom. We can't repay them for their sacrifices, but VAC is good place to start!
I am the mother of an injured marine. My son wanted to go see his unit return from Afghanistan and needed transportation. I contacted Veterans Airlift and they were able to provide the needed transportation. It was a good experience from step 1 to the finish. The application was user friendly and the response time was quick. I would recommend this service to any vet needing transportation. The whole process was a positive one.
Transporter a wounded warrior so that he could be best man in his brother's wedding. I found the veteran to be friendly and outgoing.
I am an Angel Flight pilot as well, and I see this as Angel Flight for the military. In my recent mission, the soldier was recuperating from an illness that required surgery, and due to recent army rule changes he was able to take his convalescence time at the home of his parents. It felt very patriotic flying a soldier back to base...
I have had a number of remarkable experiences airlifting wounded and injured US military personnel to and from hospitals and their homes. Recently, I flew the family members of a fallen US soldier to his funeral, over 800 miles away. Without the wings that VAC coordinates, it would have been impossible for this family to reach this destination in time. It is my honor and privilege to be able to offer my flying skills to assist these heroes and their families reconnect. Veterans Airlift Command is one of the finest organizations I've ever been associated with.
Veteran's Airlift Command allows us to give back to those that have given so much for our country. It is expensive for the volunteers, but I, for one, would give hundreds more if it wer epossible to bring these young men home unharmed. Such is not the world we live in, so we are called to do what we can to help. I appreciate this opportunity to serve our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and - ultimately - my country.
I have flown several missions for the VAC, all of which were special, but this most recent mission was definitely one of the more memorable missions that I have ever done. I had the great good fortune to fly one of our countries best and brightest and his wife from Fayetteville, NC to Tampa, FL to participate in a conference. My passenger, who had not flown in two years because of his condition, was a bit nervous about the trip and the physical effects of the flight on him. However, both he and his wife were anxious to get the adventure going. Both of them were absolutely wonderful, the flight went very well and I left them in Tampa to continue on to their conference. It is a real pleasure to meet people of the caliber of these two individuals. They are both heroes in my eyes and I was honored to spend some time with them.