In my 21+ years as an Air Force photojournalist in the U.S. Military, I have never witnessed more amazing support and love towards our wounded veterans than by the people of Las Vegas!
I just finished up a great weekend trip working with the Airpower Foundation from Nov 7th through Nov 11th of 2014. American Airlines Veterans Initiatives, MGM Resorts International, the USO, and the Airpower Foundation hosted 80 wounded veterans and their significant others to a four day Veteran’s Day weekend celebration in Las Vegas. This was an all-expenses paid trip for the 5th Annual “Salute to the Troops”. American Airlines donated a chartered aircraft, which was flown by an all-volunteer flight crew of pilots and flight attendants, to pick up the wounded warriors and their guests from Ft. Belvoir and Bethesda / Walter Reed Medical Center, and flew them to Las Vegas, where MGM Resorts International rolled out the red carpet for the veteran’s arrival at the Mirage Hotel; a place they would call home for the next 4 days.