564 missions flown in June 2011
19,732 missions flown since Nov 06
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In Touch with Ed Boyer
ACV Earns Top Charity Watchdog
Rating for Good Stewardship
Edward R. Boyer is the CEO and President of Mercy Medical Airlift. This year he was awarded AMVETS' "Oscar for Veterans," the Silver Helmet Award, for his work in rehabilitating veterans.
Perhaps you know that many
organizations get very low
ratings because they spend a
huge percentage of the money
given by their donors to pay
for fundraising costs.
It is not unheard of for some
groups to spend well more
than half of what they raise -
just in the process of acquiring
the donations. I want you to
know that Air Compassion for
Veterans (ACV) spends very
little money for anything other
than direct program costs.
ACV is operated by the
much larger Mercy Medical
Airlift (MMA) nonprofit. MMA
holds the highest four-star
financial efficiency rating
from Charity Navigator.
Announcing New PSA with Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise, the actor who played Lieutenant Dan in the film Forrest Gump as well as starring in other movies, donated his talent to ACV. Watch this compelling promotional piece, and invite your friends to take a look, too. You can also help by calling TV news stations in your area and asking if they will air the PSA. If so, call 757-271-2299 to give us the station's contact information, and we'll make sure they get a copy.
ACV Public Service Announcement featuring Gary Sinise
Hawthorne's Wounded Hero Embraces Life
by Suzanne Rhodes, MMA Director of Public Affairs
ACV has assisted Spc. Tim Hall with air ambulance and commercial airline flights so he could be back home in Hawthorne, NV, for Christmas and Armed Forces Day, respectively. Here, he addresses an appreciative audience at the dedication of a Freedom Walk named in his honor and commemorating Hawthorne's fallen warriors. Suzanne Rhodes and her husband, Wayne, documented the special events taking place in May.
(Note: The article below appeared as a blog published on May 27, 2011, on the Mercy Medical Airlift website.)
"I couldn't believe how the town got together when the kid got hurt."
That's what Ray Holloway of Shingle Springs, California, said when we were standing by the horseshoe pit the evening of my arrival in Hawthorne, Nevada. The town, located in the west central high desert, is known as "America's Patriotic Home." (Read more.)