VAC Flights Never Stop
Even during the pandemic, when the services they provide are more important than ever, the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) continues to provide free air transportation to post-9/11 combat wounded Veterans and their families. When Veterans need air transportation for medical and other compassionate purposes, the VAC, with its national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots, is always standing by.
Captain Mark Bishop of Carrington Aviation has been flying Veterans for over five years , and Carrington Aviation has been averaging at least one VAC flight per month. Recently, Captain Bishop flew two veterans, Alex and Isa, to Washington, D.C., so that Alex could be fitted for new prosthetic legs.
“Alex has both legs amputated and uses prosthetics and a wheelchair to get around,” says Captain Bishop. “We picked them up in Sacramento and took them to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, so Alex could be fitted with his new legs. Afterward, we flew them back home.”
Captain Bishop says that the missions that Carrington Aviation performs for the VAC are important to the entire flight team: “One main reasons I wanted to fly for Carrington Aviation is because of the work we do with the VAC. As a Veteran, it is very meaningful for me to be able to give back to some of my brothers and sisters who paid more on the battlefield than I did. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that these VAC flights are the most gratifying work we do. We all appreciate the opportunity to help out some of America’s true heroes.”
Every year, Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) supports VAC operations through a generous grant; and Carrington is proud to be the top flight donor for this essential nonprofit organization.