American is involved in a wide variety of military charities that work to support our men and women in uniform, veterans and their families. Our initiatives include providing support to organizations such as Air Compassion for Veterans, Hero Miles, Snowball Express and charter flights for Salute to the Troops, Seats for Soldiers and Honor Flights. Through these and more charitable efforts, American continues to help make a difference in the lives of those serving our country. Find out more on how to donate.
More than 1,700 children and widows/widowers of fallen military service members travelled on the Snowball Express for 2015. For 11 years, American Airlines has partnered with Snowball Express to provide more than $1 million of donations, volunteers to staff 9 chartered flights and endless smiles to families of fallen military heroes. This year included a visit to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, a private show by the National Cutting Horse Association and the annual performance by Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band. Read the original story.
American Airlines presents Veterans Day ceremonies and also hosts Sky Ball that supports the Airpower Foundation, Salute to the Troops gives wounded soldiers a Las Vegas weekend, Seats for Soldiers ensures wounded vets and reservists front-row seats at a basketball game, Snowball Express gives fallen military heroes’ children and spouses fun and support and hosts military members, vets and their families at the Armed Forces Bowl. American also supports Hero Miles, the Air Compassion for Veterans and Honor Flights. Read the original story.
In December, more than 100 wounded service members from San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center and Dallas/Fort Worth-area reservists enjoyed a delicious dinner and a close view of a Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards game during Seats for Soldiers. Neal Hawks and other season ticket holders donated front-row seats. The wounded soldiers traveled courtesy of Fuel Smart, an American Airlines fuel-conservation program in which employees’ everyday efforts to save fuel fund flights for wounded warriors and veterans. Read the original story
On July 24, American, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Old Glory Honor Flight partnered to send 105 Vietnam veterans on an emotional day tour of Washington, D.C. They visited the Vietnam Memorial and other relevant sites, including Arlington Cemetery for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The day culminated with a long-overdue hero’s welcome and a rockin’ concert.
American, the Dallas Mavericks and Abacus partnered for the 10th year to host Seats for Soldiers. More than 100 wounded service members from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and reserve troops from Dallas/Fort Worth attended the Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on Dec. 7, 2014, at American Airlines Center. American provided transportation through Fuel Smart, an employee-led fuel conservation program that provides flights for wounded warriors and veterans using funds generated through employees’ everyday actions to save fuel.
Nearly 2,000 children arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport aboard the Snowball Express Dec. 11, 2014. The annual event pays all expenses for families of post-9/11 fallen military members and included a visit to the Perot Museum and a special screening of “Annie.” The event enables families to support each other and celebrate their accomplishments. Official airline and sponsor American Airlines provided transportation, and nearly 150 pilots and flight attendants donated their time.
On May 20, US Airways 400th Honor Flight received a cheering welcome at DCA. Employee volunteers greeted 70 WWII veterans who flew into Washington Reagan National Airport from Fort Wayne, Ind. Customer Care Agent and volunteer organizer Greg Locher made the milestone event — which carried its 1,000th veteran and included a 101-year-old female Army veteran — one to remember. Veterans arrived to a rolled out a red carpet and festivities featured swing dancers, a choir and band.
Thousands of participants walked in the 20-hour Carry the Load Memorial Day March in Dallas’ Reverchon Park Memorial Day weekend to honor fallen service members, police officers and firefighters. “This walk has great meaning to me as a retired naval aviator and current pilot with American Airlines,” Pilot Jimmy Cox (pictured) said. “Each year, my sons and I walk with active and retired military veterans and Americans from every walk of life to honor those that have paid the highest price for our freedom.”
American Airlines Sky Ball XII, an event honoring U.S. military members, veterans and their families, set a fundraising record of $1.9 million. Proceeds from the event will allow the Airpower Foundation to assist organizations such as Snowball Express, an annual gathering of nearly 2,000 children and spouses of fallen military members, and Carrick Brain Centers, which treats service members impacted by post-traumatic stress and significant brain injuries.
American Airlines customers and community volunteers joined us in a rousing response to honor those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during our Veteran’s Day campaign last year. From those who donated their miles and funds to volunteers that personally serve military members and their families at the annual Sky Ball gala, we are proud to partner with communities and organizations across the country to support those who serve.
In July, American partnered with Honor Flight Austin to fly 108-year-old Lucy Coffey, the United States' oldest living female veteran, to Washington, D.C. While there she saw veteran memorials and met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Old Glory Honor Flight, the Northeast Wisconsin hub of The Honor Flight Network and the Experimental Aircraft Association arranged a one-day tour in the nation’s capitol, bringing together Vietnam veterans from across the country to visit the awe-inspiring monuments built in their honor. Each year, the aviation world descends on Oshkosh, Wis., for the EAA’s AirVenture air show, billed as the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
On March 23, American transported a group of distinguished heroes from New York to Washington, D.C., where they were recognized and honored. As the official airline of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for Medal of Honor Day, American has provided transportation to medal recipients for the past five years, in keeping with our long history of supporting U.S. service members, veterans and their families.
Working with Air Compassion for Veterans, American provided transportation for Lucca, an 8-year-old Military Working Dog, and her handler, Corporal Juan Rodriguez. Lucca is a two-time Iraq veteran who served one tour in Afghanistan and is a specialized search dog trained to detect trace amounts of explosive compounds. On her last deployment, she suffered from an IED blast that resulted in the amputation of her left front leg leading to her retirement.
In tribute to the 82 living Medal of Honor recipients, American transported a group of heroes aboard its yellow-ribbon 737 aircraft from New York to Washington, D.C., where they were recognized in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day. The Medal of Honor, the highest U.S military honor for valor, has been presented to just 3,500 service members, many of them posthumously, since the Civil War.
American Airlines, Air Compassion for Veterans and The Greatest Generations Foundation partnered together to send a group of World War II veterans to the islands of the South Pacific. History students from Ohio State University accompanied the veterans, whose stories were documented. Private services were held in honor of those who were wounded and in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Air Compassion for Veterans provides medical-related air transportation for military members, veterans and their families. Through Fuel Smart, a fuel-saving program that uses procedures to safely reduce fuel consumption, American has been able to contribute funds to help provide assistance.
The Hero Miles program helps provide round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured and ill service members and/or their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center or who are attending an authorized event. Flights are made possible in part by mile donations to American's Miles for All Who Serve program.
Snowball Express is one of the few charities dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen military heroes. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization pays tribute to fallen military service members by helping their families connect with each other.
The Airpower Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money for programs that directly benefit veterans, military service members and their families. For the past 12 years, American has sponsored the group’s annual Sky Ball event, a black-tie gala and fundraising event.
The Honor Flight Network provides charter flights to veterans of various wars and conflicts to Washington, D.C., to view the memorials constructed to recognize their services and that of their fellow soldiers. The “Tour of Honor” relies on donated services and volunteers.
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors our military service men and women, veterans, first responders and their families by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities nationwide.