Window World Completes 100th Veterans Airlift Command Mission

November 11th, 2016 by Editor

In celebration of Veterans Day, Window World announces the completion of its 100th Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) mission. The VAC provides free air transportation to wounded soldiers and their families through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners such as Window World.

The exterior remodeling company transported World War II veteran Army Air Corp Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Karnig Thomasian and his daughter for a visit to Dallas, where Thomasian was to be honored at the Wings Over Dallas Air Show along with other WWII veterans.

For many wounded warriors with prosthetics or other mobility issues, flying in private aircraft rather than commercial planes is the best way to accommodate their unique needs. The VAC aims to bring families together by partnering with individuals, pilots and companies to give back to the soldiers who sacrificed for our country. Window World has been a partner with the VAC for over seven years.

“Showing support for our military is very important to us,” said Steven Kamody, Window World president. “We are grateful to honor our service men and women within the Window World team and across the United States through the VAC organization.”

SSGT Thomasian was serving as a gunner/electrical specialist on a B-29 Superfortress when it went down in flames over Japan. To escape, he parachuted out of the burning aircraft, landing in a rice paddy where he was immediately captured by the Japanese. Thomasian published a book, Then There Were Six, chronicling his military career.

“I have the incredible opportunity to meet some of the dedicated veterans who have served our country,” said Alan York, chief pilot for Window World. “I was honored to fly with SSGT Thomasian and learn about his life experiences, and I look forward to flying 100 more veterans in the coming years.”

Window World and its franchises nationwide are longtime supporters of the military, volunteering, donating and sponsoring events to honor and serve veterans. As a corporate sponsor of the VAC, Window World encourages everyone to express gratitude not only by words, but by actions.

“It is a privilege to complete the 100th VAC mission days before Veterans Day,” said Kamody. “This flight and all of those before it are a tribute to the American heroes who serve our country every single day.”

 

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