Window World Partners with VAC to Bring Injured Veteran Home
March 19, 2013
Army SSG Hughes and his family
Window World Inc. recently sponsored a mission through the Veterans Airlift Command to bring injured Army Staff Sergeant Oliver Hughes and his family from San Antonio to Asheville, N.C. Hughes, 37, was injured in Afghanistan on April 11, 2011, when an IED detonated. As a result, he lost his left leg and suffered severe damage to his right leg. Since his injury, Hughes has been recovering at the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston.
Hughes arrived in North Carolina on March 9 with his wife and three children. The family will be traveling to Hendersonville, N.C. to visit their extended family and participate in a veteran's rehabilitation fishing tournament hosted by Heroes on the Water. The family returns to San Antonio March 17 via VAC.
Window World's chief pilot Johnny Johnston flew the mission to move SSG Hughes.
"As a retired Army and Vietnam veteran, the Veteran's Airlift Command is very near and dear to my heart. Reuniting SSG Hughes and his family in my hometown makes this mission especially rewarding," Johnston says.
The VAC is a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. To date, Window World has supported more than 35 missions for the VAC, logging 158.4 hours of flight time and covering more than 71,000 miles.