Miracle Flights has announced a new outreach program directed at helping U.S. veterans reach specialized medical care far from home. The national nonprofit will provide veterans in need of financial assistance with free plane tickets to any medical facility in the United States for services including surgeries, rehabilitation programs, service dog training and retrieval, specialized wheelchair fittings, mental health assistance, substance abuse counseling and other complex medical needs.
Already Miracle Flights arranges thousands of commercial flights each year to help patients in the United States gain access to medical resources not available in their local communities.
Miracle Flights officially announced its new outreach program on Monday, October 7, in a special event co-hosted by the Vegas Golden Knights and UFC at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, featuring guest speaker former U.S. Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill.
“Rob helped bring to our attention the need for Miracle Flights to expand its outreach efforts for U.S. veterans, many of whom have to travel to receive the specialized physical, mental and emotional care they need,” says Mark E. Brown, CEO of Miracle Flights.
“Helping those who have sacrificed so much for our country is a tremendous honor for Miracle Flights and a vital part of our mission to increase access to quality health care for anyone facing a medical crisis.”
One of the nation’s most highly decorated Navy SEAL combat veterans, O’Neill is co-founder of the nonprofit Your Grateful Nation and has dedicated his efforts as to raising awareness for the challenges U.S. veterans face after retiring from military service.
“Our veterans face a number of challenges as they seek to move forward with their civilian lives, including access to proper medical treatment,” says O’Neill.
“I’m thrilled to join with Miracle Flights in shedding light on and addressing this critical area of concern among our veteran community.”
For more information, visit www.miracleflights.org.