Delta supported veterans, active service members and their families in November by matching customer-donated miles to Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles Program and Luke’s Wings. And the results were impressive.
The airline and its customers donated a total of 27.5 million miles, which is nearly 6 million more miles than in 2014. The miles were donated through Delta’s SkyWish program, the charitable arm of Delta's SkyMiles frequent flyer program, which allows Delta and its SkyMiles members to donate miles to 30 charitable organizations worldwide.
“The success of this year’s promotion can really be contributed to our generous customers and their willingness to join Delta’s mission of serving these men and women who have sacrificed so much for others,” said Tad Hutcheson, Vice President – Community Affairs. “Delta is proud to partner with our customers to give back to our military members and ensure they are able to reunite with their loved ones when they need it the most.”
Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles Program and Luke’s Wings are able to use the miles donated through SkyWish to provide air travel to wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans as well as their families, connecting military members with their loved ones for support while they undergo treatment and recovery.
The Fisher House program offers military and veteran families a place to stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at a military or VA medical center. Delta is one of the chief financial supporters of VA Long Beach Fisher House in Long Beach, Calif., which began construction earlier this month. In 2014, the airline also contributed significantly toward the construction of a second Fisher House facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Seattle.
Luke's Wings provides families with the means to travel to be with their loved one during the service member's hospitalization and rehabilitation. Since its inception in 2008, Luke’s Wings has booked one-third of its flights using miles donated from Delta’s SkyWish program. In April of 2015, Luke’s Wings awarded Delta with its first-ever Community Impact Award during its 4th annual Heroes Gala for its commitment to the community and generosity during the 2014 Veteran’s Day promotion.
Delta is committed to supporting active military and veterans throughout the U.S. In addition to Fisher House Foundation and Luke's Wings, Delta's support of the military also includes the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Marine Toys for Tots, Serving Our Troops, the USO and airport military lounges, including the Freedom Center in Detroit and the Minnesota Armed Forces Service Center.
For the second consecutive year, Delta matched donations up to a total of 10 million miles.