This November, Delta Air Lines is honoring veterans, active service members and their families by matching customer-donated miles to Fisher House Foundation's Hero Miles program and Luke's Wings up to a total of 10 million miles through SkyWish, the charitable arm of SkyMiles — Delta's loyalty program.
Using miles donated through SkyWish, Fisher House Foundation's Hero Miles program and Luke's Wings can connect members of the military and their loved ones while they undergo treatment and recovery by providing air travel to injured, ill or wounded service members and veterans, along with their families. Over the past three years, Delta and its customers have donated more than 138 million miles to these organizations.
"We are extremely grateful to the men and women who currently serve and have served our country. This November and throughout the year, Delta is proud to support members of the military and their families," Tad Hutcheson, Delta's Managing Director — Community Engagement. "The need is great when it comes to travel assistance for these heroes and their families. Through our partnerships with Fisher House Foundation and Luke's Wings, and working alongside our customers, we are able to connect injured service members and veterans with their families as they undergo medical treatment."
Serving more than 28,000 families in 2016 alone, Fisher House Foundation provides "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers, by hosting them at no cost at one of the 72 Fisher Houses throughout the United States and Europe. Delta has also supported construction of the VA Long Beach Fisher House in Long Beach, Calif., and a second Fisher House facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Seattle. Additionally, Delta employees volunteer at Fisher Houses across the country, bringing cheer to the families staying there.
Since its inception in 2008, Luke's Wings has enabled families to travel to be with their loved ones during hospitalization and treatment of post-9/11 combat wounded service members, both domestically and internationally. In 2017, Luke's Wings expanded its mission to service the loved ones of wounded, ill and injured service members recovering at military medical centers, as well as combat injured veterans who need travel to treatment facilities for follow-on care. To date, Luke's Wings has booked one third of its flights using miles donated through Delta's SkyWish program.
Supporting active military and veterans is a key pillar of community engagement at Delta. Along with Fisher House Foundation and Luke's Wings, Delta also supports 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. Alongside other volunteer opportunities, employees can volunteer as a part of the Honor Guard, a group that meets incoming flights and pays respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In addition, about 3,000 Delta employees are members of the U.S. Armed Forces and approximately 10,000 veterans are employed at Delta.
To review the SkyWish program terms and conditions and to donate miles, go to www.delta.com/veterans.
About Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans' families more than an estimated $360 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans. www.fisherhouse.org
About Luke's Wings
Luke's Wings was created in 2008 as an organization dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle. Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke's Wings provides families with the means to visit during the service member's hospitalization and rehabilitation. In 2012, Luke's Wings expanded their program to aid veterans in hospice care by providing flights for loved ones to be bedside as the service member transitions; serving as a final salute to service.
By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved ones, Luke's Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms while also helping to encourage and motivate the service member's recovery. lukeswings.org/