Wounded Warriors Partners with Air Compassion for Veterans

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The veterans' transportation service will provide air travel for service members and their families who need assistance in getting to Wounded Warriors' facilities.

Wounded Warriors, Inc., and Air Compassion for Veterans    today have teamed up to provide air transportation for those military families that Wounded Warriors hosts at its facilities in Galveston, Texas and Orlando, Florida.

Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization that provides support to service members and their families who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. Air Compassion for Veterans wants to ensure that no veteran or active duty military person or their family members are denied access to distant specialized medical care just because they can't afford to reach their destination.

Together, the two organizations are working to ensure that wounded warriors and their families, who need to find some peace and solace as a family following a traumatic event, will be able to do so in family-friendly resort locations provided free of charge and free transportation to their destination.

"Because of Air Compassion for Veterans' extraordinary offer of help, Wounded Warriors will be able to serve more military families," said Colonel John Folsom, founder of Wounded Warriors. "Too many families were not able to take advantage of our resort facilities because of the air travel expense. Now, our two organizations can do more to help military families, especially the children, who need a chance to become reacquainted with their mother or father following deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan that are compounded by injuries," Folsom continued.

Colonel Folsom started out by providing a diversion for the wounded soldiers and Marines as they passed through the military hospitals in Germany in 2003 on their way out of Iraq. He passed the hat and collected enough money to buy a big screen television and a few DVDs. That was the start of Wounded Warriors, Inc.

Today, Wounded Warriors owns three condominiums in Florida, one condominium in Galveston, Texas and 80 acres of land in western Nebraska where Folsom intends to build the Wounded Warriors Retreat and The Hagel-Kerrey Lodge, named for Sen. Charles Hagel, R-Neb., and former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, veterans of the Vietnam War, as a place of healing for military families.

For more information or to submit an application to stay at one of the Wounded Warriors' properties, please visit http://www.woundedwarriors.org.

Ann Pedersen, Director of Lovgren Marketing Group for Wounded Warriors, 402-397-7158.

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