American’s employees fuel-saving program yields $1 million for Air Compassion for Veterans
Through the Fuel Smart program, American’s employees continue to show their commitment to saving fuel — and a worthy cause has benefitted significantly as a result.

Thanks to a partnership between American’s Fuel Smart and Veterans Initiatives teams with Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV), saving fuel also means helping active military, veterans and their families. ACV uses funds contributed via American Airlines employees’ Fuel Smart efforts to provide transportation for wounded warriors and their families during rehabilitation and recovery from injuries sustained defending our freedom. To celebrate a milestone contribution of $1,036,957 to ACV, a special “Day of Thanks” was held recently in Washington, D.C. This contribution represents a portion of fuel savings realized during the first half of 2011.

“Day of Thanks” activities focused on recognizing American’s employee dedication and providing additional opportunities to honor service members and veterans. A group of employees from across American’s workgroups and markets traveled to the nation’s capital for a day that included a special presentation ceremony as well as visits to Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and other memorials in Washington, D.C.

In addition, American’s Veteran Military Employee Resource Group (VMERG) chapters led donation drives to collect items needed by local military and Veterans Affairs hospitals. Donated clothing, reading materials and toiletries helped extend the day’s spirit of giving to the heroes who have sacrificed so much for this country.

Since the partnership with ACV began in 2010, approximately 2,700 flights have been provided on American and American Eagle airlines from the nearly $1.5 million contributed via Fuel Smart, which identifies, evaluates and implements ideas that safely reduce the company’s fuel consumption.
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