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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Transportation Assistance, Veterans

Mission: The Veterans Airlift Command provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Our priority is on the veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). As capacity allows, our mission will expand to serve veterans of other conflicts.

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: The purpose of the organization is to provide free air transportation for medical and other compassionate purposes to wounded warriors, veterans, and their families through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Such air transportation will be provided to these individuals when other practical means of transportation are inadequate or unavailable.

organization provides transportation to wounded veterans from their homes to various medical facilities arownd the country as deamed necessary by the military medical staff.

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160 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

bishigs

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Athena R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

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❤️

1 Gathunder92101

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!**

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All I can say is, wow! From the application to my return flight home Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) was engaged and available for all my questions and needs. I personally give this organization a 10 star rating.

With VAC I was treated like a fortune 500 CEO! Better yet, I am now part of the family.

Blessings,

John Arroyo

Nick69

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the best experience this past weekend flying with VAC. My PTSD keeps me from traveling long distance by car. Commercial Airline is very stressful too with TSA, corwds and other passengers. I live in TX and my immediate family lives in IN. I have missed out on alot of family events in past years recoverying from 2 deployments to Iraq with symptoms alot of people experience and go through. I am so grateful to my pilot who took me. Feels so great that you folks care about me to get me home to see my relatives when I otherwise would not be able to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since my injury in Iraq in 2003 I have found it very stressful to fly commercially and it has reached the point where I just can't do it anymore. This past June I was asked by a fellow Combat Wounded Veteran to be his best man in his wedding and if it wasn't for the Vet Airlift Command I would have had to decline. They had a private plane pick my family and I up at our local airport and transported us where we needed to be. The flight crew were some of the best people I have ever met and they made sure our flight was as comfortable as could be. I could never thank Vet Airlift enough for what they did for me. In my opinion Vet Airlift Command has set the standard on how our Wounded Veterans should be taken care of. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

VAC is a fantastic organization. If heard nothing but good things about them and was able to experience it firsthand when Walter and Pierre picked my family and I up from Key West and flew to San Antonio. They were extremely easy to work with and very friendly. Smoothest flight I've been on thus far!

1 Susan466

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Father Bernard I. Friedenberg was to be honored for his heroism on D Day, June 6, 1944 at the WW 2 Museum this past D Day, 2016. He has COPD and is on oxygen 24/7 and uses a bathroom several times a day and cannot walk coupled with a compromised immune system. There was NO way I could take my Mom and Dad to New Orleans on the airlines.

We have 2 Aids and both of my parents are in wheel chairs. I was desperate and then I was connected with the Veterans Airlift Command. I needed a jet that could facilitate 6 of us traveling in total and all of the medical equipment.
This amazing organization stepped up and had a Citation 4 meet us in Atlantic City, NJ and take us to New Orleans and then 2 days later home. The pilot Jed was an amazing human being..... kind, concerned, and dotted all i's and crossed his t's. He transported another soldier that day before getting us and it was a long day for Jed. He is a generous man and the Veteran's Airlift Command was beyond patient and understanding on helping us complete this mission for my Dad.

God bless this organization.

Respectfully,

Susan C. Friedenberg - Bernard's Daughter

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Client Served

Rating: 5

VAC was truly a blessing to me and my family. I cannot thank VAC enough for their generosity and time. Slim (pilot) was incredible and super friendly. I am honored to have been able to fly back home after my amputation at Walter Reed. I hope there is some way I can repay VAC for their generosity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VAC has flown me back and forth from my home in Jackson, MS to Washington, D.C. for appointments and then surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The last trip included my wife and ten month old daughter. They were so very flexible, helpful, and easy to communicate with! I cannot thank them enough for making travel an easy part during a difficult time.
CJ Stewart
101st Airborne (Ret.)

Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys are amazing. They flew me to hospital appointments as well as to recreational therapy. They are awesome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard about Veterans Airlift Command around 4 years ago when I was going from St. Louis to Mayo Clinic, Rochester between 4-6 times a year. I have now flown with them around 10-15 times. Veterans Airlift Command has not only decreased the costs associated with the travel, but also the stress that comes with traveling. After being injured in Iraq with a Traumatic Brain Inury that caused a brain tumor to grow, I have been able to not be as stressed heading to appointments to see if my brain tumor is progressing and other symptoms that have raised due to have 3 brain surgeries and radiation therapy. I have gotten to know numerous pilots and am so blessed by their generosity. I don't know what I would do without Veterans Airlift Command!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Josiah Blystone. I was very blessed to have VAC, and their volunteer pilots fly me to from Wilmington NC to Boca Raton FL where I got brain scans done to help treat my TBI and PTSD. Every interaction with them made me feel very comfortable. Being able to have Hyperbaric treatments done completely changed my life and without VAC it would have been a difficult process. I thank God for the work they are doing! God Bless the USA, and God bless us all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Scott Craigle and am an Air Force OIF/OEF wounded warrior with TBI/PTSD. I can not express the gratitude and respect I have for Veterans Airlift Command for taking me to and from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. These pilots donated their time and aircraft and made sure I felt comfortable and taken care of. The love and support they show for the American Veteran is incredible and deserve the high praise! Thank you VAC!