Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and it is important we pay tribute to the veterans who have served and the soldiers currently serving our country. These brave men and women have willingly put their lives on the line in order to protect our nation’s freedom. Without these brave citizens in our country’s history we would be missing our right to freely express ourselves and could instead be worrying about oppression. Giving back to these men and women and showing them our support can be difficult to effectively do at times. However, TAMKO has found a way thanks to Veterans Airlift Command.
Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) is a nonprofit organization which was started in 2006. TAMKO and other businesses banded together to help fly injured veterans and their families around the country free of charge. They do this by volunteering their pilots and private planes which provide both more comfort for injured veterans and their families and greater speed than a commercial flight. Since volunteering its private planes and pilots in 2008, TAMKO has flown four missions; the most recent one was made by pilots Mitch Ochs and Mike Bentley.
TAMKO’s missions have included flying wounded veterans from the hospital to home and wounded veterans to visit dying friends. These trips are very fulfilling to the pilots and very touching for everyone affected. It’s rare that we can give back to wounded soldiers like this in such a meaningful and impactful way. On one trip when a wounded veteran had a prosthetic leg, the pilots removed seats so that the soldier could stretch out more and ride comfortably. For these pilots and the companies contributing to VAC it’s all about letting our serving men and women know we appreciate their sacrifices for the entire country.