NORTH WILKESBORO — Window World of the Triad recently sponsored a private flight for two area servicemen through its partnership with Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), a nonprofit that facilitates free, private air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes.
The first mission was March 14-16 to fly U.S. Navy Corpsman HM3 Jeremiah “Doc” Harrold, along with his wife Carissa, to attend “A Toast to the Heroes” in Norfolk, Va. The annual event is a fundraiser and silent auction hosted by Wounded Wear, a company dedicated to providing free clothing and apparel modifications to wounded warriors while raising awareness for veterans’ sacrifices.
During his heroic service, Harrold was deployed three times with the U.S. Navy. On May 23, 2009, he suffered a traumatic brain injury and damage to his spinal cord and right leg from an improvised explosive device (IED) blast.
In coordinating the Harrolds’ travel, Window World worked in partnership with Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), a nonprofit organization that facilitates free, private air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes.
Johnny Johnston, Window World’s chief pilot and retired Army Vietnam veteran who piloted the jet for the Harrold family on the mission said, “As a veteran myself, it brings me great pride and joy to be able to spend time with and give back to these amazing military servicemen and women.”
The second mission was for local injured serviceman USMC Sniper Cpl. Jesse Fletcher and his wife, Emily, on March 19. The couple traveled from Winston-Salem to Syracuse, N.Y., in order to visit with family. Darren and Michelle Kennelly, owners of Window World of the Triad, partnered with Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) to carry out the mission for Fletcher.
Fletcher lost both legs and several fingers after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) while on deployment on Oct. 17, 2011. Window World of the Triad coordinated Jesse and Emily’s trip from Winston-Salem to Syracuse. Two United States military veterans and members of the Window World of the Triad family were given the opportunity to meet the Fletchers and accompany them on their trip to New York.
Everett Crouse, service manager, is a former sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and Tom Fales, salesman, is a former DP2 in the U.S. Navy.
Darren Kennelly said of the sponsored mission, “To be given the opportunity to say thank you for the amazing service Jesse has provided our country is the least we can do. Helping he and his wife travel more comfortably and with greater ease through Window World’s relationship with Veterans Airlift Command is just a small way to show him our appreciation.”
For more information on the VAC, visit www.VeteransAirlift.org.