Many Veterans return from combat with mental and physical injuries, leading to years of treatment and hospitalization. For some of those Veterans, that means traveling thousands of miles to find a place that fits their treatment needs. Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) is an organization whose mission is to get those Veterans to where they need to be without having to worry about airfare and the cost associated with it.
Each year, ATS donates a flight to VAC to help them serve their mission. ATS recently helped get a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant from his home in Oregon to Milwaukee. The Sergeant injured his ankle after falling in a hole during a night foot patrol mission. That injury caused his ankle to become weak, causing severe pain throughout the remainder of his deployment.
To help with the pain, he received an Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) brace. Unfortunately, that brace led to him experiencing pain in his neck and arms.
With the flight ATS provided, the Marine Corps Sergeant and his wife traveled to Milwaukee to prepare for a future neck surgery. He met with a team of doctors to identify what the problem was and prepare for the procedure.
“It’s one of the most rewarding trips I get to do each year,” said ATS Pilot, Dave C. “It’s an honor to be able to provide support to a Veteran after all the sacrifices they’ve made for our country.”
ATS has been providing flight services to VAC for more than five years.
“Since I am a Veteran, I feel it is an important part of our values and culture to support our Veterans as much as possible,” said ATS CEO, Rollie Anderson. “It is our privilege to be able to participate in this program.”