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Air Compassion for Veterans Newsletter - July 2011

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Summer 2011

In Touch with Ed Boyer

ACV Earns Top Charity Watchdog
Rating for Good Stewardship

Edward Boyer

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
  veterans-related nonprofit 
  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.  
  (Read more)

 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

ACV Public Service Announcement featuring Gary Sinise




Hawthorne's Wounded Hero Embraces Life

by Suzanne Rhodes, MMA Director of Public Affairs  


Tim Hall Freedom Walk

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.)

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: