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.
I was fortunate enough to be on board one of our Veteran Lifts. My 8 and 9 year old boys went with me to pick up a soldier in New York and take him to Tampa. I made sure my boys had a little sensitivity training to what they might see (wheelchair, loading, etc.). I had no idea what an impact this lift has made on my life and a long lasting impact with my children. They know what it means to be a hero but more importantly they learned how to be his hero and friend. They know what it means that he made a sacrifice for them. They probably remember most how much fun it was playing with him and he with them. It was like an uncle they had never met and he himself was a big kid. Laughter and friendship filled the aircraft and once we landed they were transformed into his personal travel companions. Your children should have exposure to this type of philantrophy. It's a trip we will not soon forget.