Veteran services

American Airlines celebrates the 250,000th veteran to participate in the Honor Flight program

The airline is donating 15 million AAdvantage® miles to support the Honor Flight Network’s mission to provide American veterans with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

FORT WORTH, Texas –News Direct– American Airlines

Medal of Honor recipient Jim Taylor welcomes more than 100 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to PHX before boarding the landmark honor flight to the capital national.

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 9, 2022 / 3BL Media / — American Airlines joined elected officials, team members and volunteers in Washington, DC, last week to celebrate a historic milestone for the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with once-in-a-lifetime trips to visit the nation’s capital and the memorials erected to honor all who have worn the United States military uniform. To commemorate the occasion, American also announced a donation of 15 million AAdvantage® miles to support and sustain the ongoing mission of the Honor Flight Network.

A landmark flight in honor of our heroes

On May 2, Flagship Valor – America’s new Airbus A321 aircraft, which serves as a flying tribute to Medal of Honor recipients – departed Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with the 250,000th Honor Flight program participant, two Medal of Honor recipients. and over one hundred veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

The veterans were accompanied throughout their journey by Honor Flight caretakers and other volunteers, including members of the U.S. team and U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who helped distribute refreshments and take care of people on board during the flight.

“I am honored to participate in this week’s Heroes Welcome to celebrate and thank Arizona veterans for their service and sacrifice to our state and country. I am grateful for the efforts of Honor Flight Network and American to honor veterans and bring them to our nation’s capital,” Sinema said.

Upon arrival at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, Team USA members gave a hero’s welcome – complete with a water cannon salute and cheering crowds – as participants disembarked for two days of activities .

Support future Honor Flight missions

The following day, the leaders and volunteers of the Honor Flight Network; US Senators Mark Kelly and Jerry Moran; US Congressman Mark Takano; Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy; and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, gathered with veterans at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, to commemorate the program’s milestone achievement.

“Since its launch in 2005, the Honor Flight Network has carried more than a quarter of a million veterans on flights to Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, there are still more than 50,000 veterans across the country with a desire expressed and urgent to participate in a future. mission,” said Matthew Shuman, Chairman of the Board of Honor Flight Network.

To help the Honor Flight Network accomplish its mission, American announced it would donate 15 million AAdvantage miles over three years to support and expand the reach of the program.

“The American Airlines team takes great pride in serving veterans on the many honor flights operated each year to our nation’s capital and in caring for all who have served and continue to serve in the military. American,” said Nate Gatten, director of government affairs for American. “We hope such a contribution can help the Honor Flight Network fulfill its mission to celebrate America’s veterans, ensuring that each experience receives the honor, gratitude and support it deserves.”

Military Appreciation Month Celebration

Throughout the month of May, American celebrates the service and sacrifice of American service members and their families through unique experiences across the country. Later this week, American will host Salute to the Troops in partnership with the USO – transporting 20 service members battling cancer from Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, to Walt Disney World with their families for a weekend of memories and fun. Next, in support of Sailor Seating and Armed Forces Day, American will provide Sailors at Naval Medical Center San Diego with a VIP experience with the Texas Rangers. American will also be sponsoring a similar experience at Rangers Stadium for North Texas Gold Star families in commemoration of Memorial Day.

Learn more about American’s ongoing efforts to care for America’s military and how to support future missions through Miles for Our Heroes at aa.com.

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