Window World Sponsors Veteran's Airlift

March 12, 2012

In February, three wounded veterans traveled from Washington, D.C. to Meridian, Miss. to speak to a troop of soon-to-be deployed Marines. The veterans traveled free of charge courtesy of Window World, Inc. Although this was the 23rd trip supported by Window World, it was the first  sponsored by one of the retailer's local store owners. Greg Deathridge, owner of Window World stores in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Bakersfield, Calif., Fresno, Calif. and Central Valley-Waynesboro, Va., contributed funding for the aircraft and pilot to make the trip possible.

 From left to right, Kyle Carpenter, Rory Hamill, Greg Deathridge, William  Romero and Dominic Davila.

The Veterans Airlift Command is a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation of wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Window World has been sponsoring missions for the organization since 2008.

“All of these veterans have sacrificed so much to defend our country and we are honored to give this back to them,” Deathridge says. “My staff and I were all overwhelmed with emotions upon meeting these gentlemen and watching them board the aircraft. We’re so proud to be a part of a company that cares about our community and helping those who truly deserve it.”

Kyle Carpenter, Dominic Davila and Rory Hamil were the veterans who were transported on this mission. Carpenter was serving in Afghanistan when he was hit by an enemy grenade in 2010. He heroically threw himself on the grenade to shield his fellow Marine, losing his right eye and suffering other severe injuries in the process. Davila had his right leg amputated below the knee as a result of an insurgent bombing in Afghanistan in 2009. Hamil lost his right leg in 2011 after stepping on an explosive pressure plate in Afghanistan. Fellow Marine William Romero was also on the flight.

“It was an honor to meet these four veterans and shake their hands and personally thank them for their sacrifice,” says Ken Farren, a member of the sales staff at Window World of Washington, D.C. “It’s the least we could do to honor them.”