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The mission of Air Compassion for Veterans® is to ensure that no financially-stressed wounded warrior, veteran, or his/her adversely- affected family member(s) is denied the ability to access any of the following: distant, specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment; counseling; rehabilitation; service dog acquisition, or any program that promotes healing and restoration for reintegration into a productive life.
We are the major link that connects injured service members and their families to life-changing and life-saving programs.
ACV is committed to the ongoing healing process of our injured service men and women and will provide free transportation for activities that aid in that process as long as there is a need and as long as the generosity of our donors continues. Through its partner, American Airlines, ACV is annually able to provide thousands of flights for the war wounded.
The influx of wounded veterans during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom is, and has been, a strain on our military medical facilities. Thousands of service members need to reach specialized medical facilities, especially facilities that are close to their families. The military is often unable to provide the needed transportation, and other options may not be available. This is why ACV exists and stands ready to help.
ACV flights have increased due to the prevalence of veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). PTSD affects more than 80 percent of combat troops in some degree. For this reason it is often called “the Silent Epidemic.” In more extreme cases, it is directly related to the large numbers of suicides, crime, drug abuse and divorces taking place in the military community.
As a non-government organization, we have the operational efficiency and flexibility to serve wounded warriors/veterans without the constraints of federal bureaucracy. We can provide free and timely long-distance air transportation to military or VA medical facilities or other clinics and hospitals. We can provide groups of wounded veterans with transportation to adaptive sports events such as the Ride 2 Recovery cycling program or Knights of Heroes camps to aid children of military families in the grief process following the loss of a parent.
No other veteran transportation program functions at or near this level of performance or with the full scope of available medical transport options, which include commercial airline, private aircraft flown by volunteer pilots, and air ambulance travel. Additionally, ACV’s program extends to veterans who served prior to the OIF/OEF conflict.
The ACV program is administered by Mercy Medical Airlift® staff in accordance with collaborative agreements between respective Boards of Directors. MMA has earned the highest 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, reflecting financial efficiency and full public accountability and transparency. You can view the profile by clicking this link.
The qualification process for requesting assistance is simple. To take advantage of our services, download the ACV Assistance Request Form and submit via email or fax. We then verify the information; groups/events ideally require 4 weeks notice to get best prices and ensure reservations. Other individual or small group travel ideally requires 2 weeks notice. Urgent timing requirements receive special handling. Emergencies are handled immediately.