The need for Servicemembers to travel suddenly has risen in the days since the tragedy of 2001. And when they need to travel, it has been an issue to make sure that they can do so with security and safety, as the overall threat to Servicemembers and military Servicemembers has risen considerably. While the military and the federal government is supportive of the need for Servicemembers to travel, there have been a number of different patriotic civilian groups that have stepped up to help with military personnel that need to travel, either for individual or compassionate leave, or for family emergencies and other issues.
There is a program that is funded by public donations called Operation Hero Miles and it exists to assist Servicemembers with their travel and emergency travel needs. It is a program that works to allow people to donate accumulated frequent flyer miles to troops and soldiers needing a flight home. This travel need can be for a variety of reasons.
It can be for emergency family needs, morale leave, relaxation, or a variety of other different purposes. It is a program that has been very successful in dealing with Servicemember support, and it has allowed many different Servicemembers to return home or travel with support. A member of Congress named C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger saw firsthand that members of the military have needs to travel, but many times don?t have the means or the money to do so. He believed that there was a real need to have more support for Servicemembers to be able to have travel access in emergencies.
Besides this program, there is also a program that the Military began with support from the White House. The need for soldiers to access travel services in an emergency has risen sharply. Congress and President Bush put their heads together. As part of the Defense funding bill in 2005 it funded travel for individual Servicemembers. So, the Operation Hero Miles program was then expanded to help out family of Servicemembers also.
Family members to travel to visit wounded Servicemembers both inside the United States and overseas can use donated mileage. The program itself is s free service supported entirely by donated mileage from frequent flyer miles. Operation Hero Miles is administered by the Fisher House Foundation.