November 01, 2018

Delta honors veterans and service members, matches mile donations to Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles and Luke’s Wings

  • Delta will match miles donated by customers in November up to 10 million miles
  • 148 million miles have been donated to these organizations in past 5 years

In honor of Veterans Day, Delta is supporting veterans, active service members and their families by matching customer-donated miles through SkyWish to Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles program and Luke’s Wings for the entire month of November. For the fifth consecutive year, Delta will match donations up to an aggregate total of 10 million miles donated to these two organizations through SkyWish, the charitable arm of SkyMiles — Delta’s loyalty program. SkyMiles members are able to donate miles to more than 30 charitable organizations worldwide through SkyWish.

Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles program and Luke’s Wings are able to use the donated miles to provide air travel to wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans as well as their families, connecting military members with their loved ones for support while they undergo treatment and recovery. Delta and its customers have donated 148 million miles to these two organizations since the program began.

“Delta is proud to partner with our customers to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for others,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director — Community Engagement. “Through this partnership, we are able to aid in the healing process by connecting injured veterans and service members with their loved ones at a time they need it most.”​​

Serving more than 35,000 families since 1990, Fisher House Foundation provides “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers, by hosting them at no cost at one of the 78 Fisher Houses throughout the United States and Europe. Delta has supported the construction of the VA Long Beach Fisher House in Long Beach, Calif., and a second Fisher House facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, as well as two homes at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in New York set to open in 2019. Additionally, Delta employees volunteer at Fisher Houses across the country, bringing cheer to the families staying there.

Since its inception in 2008, Luke’s Wings has enabled families to travel to be with their loved ones during hospitalization and treatment of post-9/11 combat wounded service members, both domestically and internationally. In 2017, Luke’s Wings expanded its mission to service the loved ones of wounded, ill and injured service members recovering at military medical centers, as well as combat injured veterans who need travel to treatment facilities for follow-on care.

Delta is committed to supporting active military and veterans throughout the U.S. In addition to Fisher House Foundation and Luke’s Wings, Delta’s support of the military also includes the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Folds of Honor, Marine Toys for Tots, Serving Our Troops, the USO and airport military lounges, including the Freedom Center in Detroit, the Military Lounge in Miami, and the Minnesota Armed Forces Service Center.

To review the SkyWish program terms and conditions and to donate miles, visit delta.com/veterans.