RICHMOND, Va. — Window World, America’s largest replacement window and home remodeling company, volunteered its corporate aircraft on Aug. 2 to fly a wounded veteran and his family from Colorado Springs to Richmond, Va. This trip was the 51st mission Window World has flown for Veterans Airlift Command, a nonprofit that facilitates free, private air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes.
The staff of Window World of Richmond had the opportunity to meet the veteran who benefited from their sponsorship. Staff Sgt. Jason Searles was severely injured on his third deployment in Afghanistan, and lost his right leg below the knee. He has chosen to spend his convalescent leave visiting his parents and in-laws with his wife and 18 month-old son.
For wounded warriors with prosthetics or other mobility issues, flying on a commercial aircraft can be a challenge. VAC provides free, private air transportation so that veterans can avoid the complications of flying commercially.
“Being with family is an important part of the recovery process for these veterans,” said Matt Conley, owner of Window World of Richmond. “That’s why VAC was created, and that’s why we’re dedicated to supporting these missions.”