My son was injured in 2005 and I was flown to Germany because he was not supposed to make the flight home. It was an IED and shrapnel the size of a credit card that tore from one side of his brain to the other through the mid line. No one has survived passing through the midline esp since there was blood in it. It also destroyed the whole frontal lobe of the brain, he was burned, had a broken arm. Even the surgeons at NNMC, now Walter Reed, said he would not survive. But he fought to live frequently coming out of the medically induced coma too soon. Again I was told would have no function or even know me. Numerous surgeries, touch and go, infections, collapsed lung, swelling, on and on. When the body started to stabilize months later he opened his eyes once again, looked at me and smiled with definite recognition, The doctors were stunned. We have flown back and forth for surgeries with the military until he was medically retired 2 yrs after the injury, The VA could not handle his injury and still cannot. So whenever I need to get to Walter Reed VAC has been there for me. Commercial flights are impossible for him, the stress of waiting, the 6 6 1/2 size of him, the amount of medication we have to travel with and what we need to take with us would cost more than a flight. The expense alone is just too much, We need to get to Walter Reed fast at times and we will always have to go at least once a year. VAC has been there for us ever since my son has retired. I put in a request and the flight response happens so quickly it is amazing. My son is a miracle that cannot be explained, walking, talking , memory, huge sense of humor, living a quality life even if he cannot live alone. Every owner/crew we have flown with has kept in touch with us. This last trip they texted to follow his surgery, they all love updates through out the year. They are like our flying family. I am ever grateful for the generosity of these wonderful people, It takes so much stress off of me and especially my son when we need to fly. VAC gets it, from the first contact to getting back home, and they are my heroes. Thank you VAC.
My son is a severely injured Marine Sgt. After repeated poor performance by the local VA dealing with an infection it was necessary for him to be flown to Bethesda and seen by his military surgeon. Flying is a challenge with a traumatic brain injury especially with crowds. To be flown by a private pilot was such a tremendous help. It was convenient, stress free and took so much worry off the trip itself that i could focus on my son completely. The pilot and his wife treated us both with as much if not more gratitude for my son's service to our country, as we felt for the flight to Maryland. Our coordinator, Maria, went out of her way to get us the most convenient date and time for the flight as well. I cannot express how important this organization is to us. For me to be able to get to the best medical care possible for my son at no expense is a huge relief and gives me a sense of peace that I can always get him to the best without taking on financial worries as well.
Great non- profit... so kind and courteous. They helped us out in our time of need with no hassle! I strongly suggest supporting this organization as they do great things for veterans.
Awesome. Got us 2 flights on private planes from NC to TX to attend a funeral for a fallen soldier. Made things so less difficult than dealing with airlines. Funeral was painful enough, the flights the only bright spot.
How can you put to words what this nonprofit did for us? At our lowest moment, desperate to be able to say our last good-byes, give our final respects, and tell the family of our Fallen Brother how much we love them... Veterans Airlift Command stepped up without hesitation. We would not have been able to attend the funeral of our Fallen Brother had it not been for the true and pure patriotism of this nonprofit. All of the administrative staff as well as the pilots (Spike & Butch) were professional, personable, and respectful. THANK YOU for everything! You helped me bring closure at one of the most difficult times in my life!
I have used Veterans Airlift Command a few times now. Each time they delivered in spades! The logistics team was very prompt arranging flights to and from, and their pilots were professional and friendly. This organization is top notch, when their passengers are in a jamb and need to get to somewhere quick. That's not all they do; they also follow up and make sure you're ok after the flights. That shows an immense amount of sincerity and that they do truly care. Hats off to this wonderful organization!
I can't thank enough for the nonprofit every time I called it felt like they drop everything just to help me especially when I called him my brother he saved my life in Iraq and he lost to his demons and committed suside. I made one phone call and they help me with everything and more. Also do to my injuries from Iraq I couldn't get my wife pregnant so we had To go to NY to do IVF and they made it possible for me and my family to extend are tree and now my wife pregnant thank you so much. This nonprofit has changed so many live for the better and touch Theor hearts for ever Thank you for helping me give the greatest gift of all is a new life and a child for my wife.
Truly no word/words can describe how wonderful this organization and their people really are! When my husband flies they make him take his leg off and run test. I fly into a furry every time. VAC allows him to avoid such an embarrassing situation. I love them and their mission❤️
There's not one negative thing I can say about this company. There were there for us when we were turned down by others. All the pilots have been a phenomenal asset as well as the representatives for Veteran's Airlift Command, specifically Andrew Lourake. He is such a wonderful person and has made us forget at times why we are traveling and for just a few moments we are at peace.
Veterans Airlift Command is run and supported by "people that do." VAC flew me out of state for a surgical procedure and returned me home with no issues whatsoever. Obviously, the defining features are the pilots and aircraft owners, genuinely wonderful people that are driven to serve and contribute. It is an added bonus if you have an interest or even passing hobby in aviation, because the pilots/owners always have great stories, and the aircraft are beautiful. Being able to fly via general aviation also provides far more options and flexibility when it comes to when and where you travel. This is a great organization, and I hope veterans will be able to continue using it for a long time. I also highly recommend supporting this organization - VAC **serves veterans!!**
I recently had the amazing opportunity to fly with VAC and the experience from start to finish was exceptional!!! I truly hope the organization and pilots realize their positive and lasting impact they had on me and Issac, my service dog. From the moment we met our pilots, we felt like family! They were so understanding, caring, and supportive!!! They even had Mutt Muffs for Issac's ears! So Thoughtful :) So for us, flying with a commercial airline always presents so many challenges. Aside from being a below-knee amputee, I am legally blind and even though I have Issac to assist me, there is still always so much stress. I worry about our seating because Issac is 90 lbs and does not fit well in the limited area, even the bulkhead section. With my vision loss, direct flights work best as to avoid the confusion of trying to get to the connecting gate. Sadly, you can not depend on airport staff as we have missed flights before even with their help. There is always the embarrassing pat down and anxiety that comes along with that as well. With VAC, all of that anxiety completely goes away!!! Issac had plenty of room to stretch out and sleep. Having no stress is a tremendous comfort and alleviates the worry of any issues. Words really can not express the true emotions of what this experience meant to us and saying Thank You a million times just does not seem to do it justice. We feel so blessed to have had this honor! Thank You VAC and Pilots for your continued dedication and commitment!!! Warmest Regards, Leslie & Issac