Employees Contribute $1 Million To Air Compassion
By Eddy Metcalf
September 23, 2011 - American Airlines employees
presented a check for $1,036,957 to Air Compassion for
Veterans during a "Day of Thanks" celebration in
Washington, D.C. The contribution was made possible
through "Fuel Smart," American's fuel-conservation
The funds will be used to provide flights for active
U.S. military, veterans and their families for medical
and rehabilitation needs. Through this initiative,
nearly $1.5 million has been raised by American Airlines
and its employees for the nonprofit organization since
the partnership's inception in 2010.
celebrate this contribution and honor injured service
members and veterans, American's employees participated
in "Day of Thanks" events across the country.
donation collections for items needed by local military and
Veterans Affairs hospitals, including clothing, reading
materials and toiletries, will be led by the airline's Veteran
Military Employee Resource Group (VMERG) chapters. VMERG members
and employees will deliver donated items to the hospitals and
pay tribute to the veterans for their service and sacrifice for
active service members, veterans and their families have
sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms we hold dear," said
Bob Reding, American's Executive Vice President of Operations.
addition, a selected group of employees spent the day in
Washington, D.C., where they and other special guests, including
service members who have benefitted from the partnership,
visited with veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda, Md. American's partnership with Air
Compassion for Veterans began in 2010, when the airline's Fuel
Smart and Veterans Initiatives programs teamed up to provide a
way for employees to directly contribute to those who serve our
Through this partnership, a portion of savings from Fuel Smart
efforts is contributed to Air Compassion for Veterans, which in
turn arranges for wounded warriors, veterans and their families
to travel for medical, counseling and rehabilitation needs which
have directly resulted from their service.
Through this partnership, a portion of savings from Fuel Smart efforts is contributed to Air Compassion for Veterans, which in turn arranges for wounded warriors, veterans and their families to travel for medical, counseling and rehabilitation needs which have directly resulted from their service.
"Quite often, the
men and women who wear the cloth of our nation return home in need of
medical attention, but they do not always have the means to travel to
facilities to receive the treatment available to them," said Ed Boyer,
President/CEO of Air Compassion for Veterans.
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