Angel Wings for Veterans is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit national organization based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our mission is to ensure that no veteran in need is denied clinical care because of a lack of transportation.
Angel Wings for Veterans provides wounded, ill and injured veterans and active duty service members along with their families with free travel to clinical care on the ground and in the air with gas cards, bus and train tickets, general aviation flights, and commercial airline tickets. We provide transportation to clinical care and a variety of therapies:
- Medical treatment
- PTS/TBI treatment
- Service dog acquisition
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Adaptive sports events
Through partnerships with major airlines, we provide airline tickets to treatment destinations. Flights in small planes owned and operated by volunteer pilots are also available. For shorter distances, ground transportation via gas cards and commercial bus and rail tickets may be the appropriate means of transit.
The qualification process for requesting help is simple. Use the online form to apply. Once we receive your information, we’ll be in touch. Thank you for visiting our website.
PATIENTS WHO NEED HELP CALL 1-888-675-1405
Board of Directors
- General (Ret) David M. Rodriguez USA– Chairman
- CMDR W. Taylor Grant, USNR
- Maj.Gen. (Ret) Jack Catton, USAF
- Stephen Juge – Secretary, General Counsel
- Murrell McLeod – USN Veteran
- CMDR (Ret) Brian Martinez, USN
- Deb Wood PhD ND – Battle Dawgs and Renova Center
- Steve Craven – Treasurer
- Chip Hilborn – USN Retired
- Tracy Thomas – Rev Marketing
- Robb Alpaugh, President and CEO
- Stephanie Bollmann, Director of Operations
- Lynne Medley Long, Director of Administration
- Joanie Corkrum, Administration
- Keith Stava, Director of Development
- Deborah Grulke, Assistant Director of Development
- Gretchen Devine, Transportation Coordinator
- Sundae Oxley, Transportation Coordinator
- April Bre-Hemmendinger, Transportation Coordinator
- Felycia Jordan, Accounting Specialist
- Stephanie Singer, Communication Specialist
Strategy for Achieving Goals
We offer the most cost-effective means of charitable transportation for each patient, based on the distance they need to travel, their medical requirements, the location they need to reach, and the availability of different modes of travel as related to their specific departure and destination requirements.
Our strategy is to make sure each means of transportation–whether private aircraft, commercial airline, or ground transportation–is delivered to the patient with the least overall cash cost to Angel Wings for Veterans. Travel is always free to the patient. We work hard to drive down overhead costs related to each trip and to develop partnerships with corporations or commercial transportation providers or volunteer donor pilots that sponsor Angel Wings for Veterans or offer discounts for purchased travel for Angel Wings for Veterans patient clients.
Capacity to Achieve Goals
Over the years we have learned and expanded to meet new needs and offer different modes of transportation for our nations heroes. Through it all we have never compromised our highest standards of operational integrity and efficiency, transportation safety, public transparency and accountability. The safety record through all these years of continuous service has been perfect.
The Angel Wings for Veterans program became a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1997 and is governed by a respected Board of Directors. Our team reflects a high level of professionalism as well as diversity.
Because of our commitment to public transparency, the home page of our website provides on-call real time data counts for trips completed (not just coordinated).
Outputs and Results
Measuring outputs and results is key to understanding our impact on the people we serve. The data we collect as related to each patient trip includes a date and mode of service with departure and destination locations. Various forms of public benefit are provided, including a standardized estimate of the dollar value of transportation cost. This data is organized by mode of transportation provided for the patient. Angel Wings for Veterans publications provide several years’ history of past service delivery rates.
The completion of a patient trip represents an “output” of our system–it allows for or provides the means by which a patient gets to a distant medical appointment for evaluation, diagnosis or treatment, or gets back home after the appointment.
For this reason, to extend reporting from outputs to outcomes, we rely on voluntarily-given patient testimonials and patient answers to generalized questions about their health or other meaningful improvements in their lives. Such information is provided through this website. A sampling of patient testimonials can be found by clicking here.
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