There are times that military Servicemembers require surgery or medical assistance. This can be after they leave the military, and they can at times not have the means to travel to the medication or surgery site. For a number of years, the military had no referral organizations to send military people to for assistance in traveling for medical reasons. The military does not have a program currently for assisting Veterans with necessary medical services, but there are some different services and programs available that do have the means to assist individual Servicemembers with travel needs. One of these programs is a non-profit program that gives free or very low cost medical transportation for Veterans that require travel to medical treatment a long distance away. This organization offers Veteran Angel Flight, and it gives free transportation when needed to Veterans needing assistance.
Angel Flight was formed to give medical transportation to those who are the most in need, to support medical treatment directly, or to support transportation in order to receive treatment. It also gives transportation where deemed necessary for the dependants of Veterans who are needing to travel to be with their Veterans to give support. For those that qualify it is available at no cost.
Veteran’s Angel Flight- This is a group of military supporters and Veterans that are pilots. They joined together to help meet an identified need. They serve to give medically necessary transportation to those who require medical treatment; travel for medical treatment, and for loved ones of Veterans needing travel when necessary. While originally started for Veterans, dependants of Veterans and others who have served their country in the past and need medical transportation. Now it has been expanded, and in a positive way. It will provide for Veterans, but also Active Duty, Reserves, Military retired, and their dependants, and this is a service support organization that has assisted thousands of patients travel to their destination for medical reasons over the years. It also supports family who needs to travel in support of a qualified patient.
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This is a program that is funded by donations, and it is based through the National Veterans Patient Travel Center. The Center helps match prospective travel candidates with pilots who provide the travel services, often with their own aircraft.