Air Compassion for Veterans Newsletter - December 2011
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Partnering with American Airlines to Serve Our Nation's Wounded Warriors
Wings for Warriors *** Winter 2011
In Touch with Ed Boyer
Christmas Is the Season
To Help Wounded Warriors
Ed Boyer is the CEO and President of Mercy Medical Airlift, which administers the ACV program.
Serving wounded warriors is certainly something we all want to do--particularly at Christmas time. Airline tickets are getting more expensive, but thankfully, they are provided to ACV by American Airlines through their fuel savings program.
There is one additional provision that must be received before a wounded veteran can be flown: it is a gift from you to help Mercy Medical Airlift cover its costs to qualify the proposed recipient and handle all ticketing arrangements.
A gift of $50 is multiplied to well over $300 in ticket value rendered to someone in need.
Would you please be so kind this Christmas as to partner with us in this process? Just click the "Donate" button and help a wounded warrior today. Thank you so much for caring.
May you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Snowball Express Brings Holiday Joy
To Children of Fallen Military Heroes
Christina and Meghan Valentine are bound for the Snowball Express for four days of fun. You may recall Meghan and her brother, John (not pictured but also riding the Express), raised money for ACV after losing their father, Navy SEAL Tom Valentine, in a parachute training accident in 2008.
"To create hope and new memories for the children of our fallen military heroes who have died while serving our country since 9/11."
That is the mission of the Snowball Express. Air Compassion for Veterans is pleased to share in that mission by providing flights for the families through its partner, American Airlines, the "official" Snowball Express airlines.
On December 9, ACV staff members joined hundreds of others, including military members, friends and family, Norfolk city officials, and Santa Claus himself to send the children off with fanfare and a party at Norfolk International Airport. Forty-eight children and parents from Hampton Roads were among the some 1,200 family members from across the U.S. who went to Dallas, Texas, for an all-expenses-paid, four-day holiday.
Welcoming the heroes are (left to right) Gil McMillan, Ivey West, Mary Ellen Wernimont, Rick Wernimont, Ashley Briggs, Robin Cron and Jim Smith.
Activities included a day at Southfork Ranch, a visit to Six Flags over Texas, a rodeo, and a private concert by Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.
"The best thing about Snowball," says Neil Raaz, an American Airlines pilot and member of the Snowball Express board of directors, "is the relationships that are built with other families. They understand that they are not alone."
Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV) is the largest 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit air transportation organization in the nation serving wounded warriors, veterans and their adversely-affected family members. Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, ACV is administered by Mercy Medical Airlift, a nonprofit organization that holds Charity Navigator's highest rating. ACV is dedicated to the healing of America's military wounded warriors, veterans and families. It offers free medical air transportation for a wide spectrum of needs, including treatment, counseling, funerals, family visits and rehabilitation services. ACV works in full cooperation with related programs of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information visit our website: AirCompassionforVeterans.org.
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