North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Window World, a replacement window and home remodeling company, sponsored a mission through the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) to bring injured Army SSG Oliver Hughes and his family from San Antonio to Asheville, N.C.
Hughes has been recovering at the Center for the Intrepid on Fort Sam Houston after he was injured in Afghanistan. He arrived on Saturday, March 9 with his wife and three children. They 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 will return to San Antonio on March 17 via VAC.
Hughes, 37, was injured on April 11, 2011, when an IED detonated. As a result, he lost his left leg, and his right leg was severely injured. Since then he has been in the long and painful process of recovering the use of his right leg.
"As a retired Army and Vietnam veteran, the Veteran's Airlift Command is very near and dear to my heart,” said Window World's Chief Pilot, Johnny Johnston, who flew the recent mission. “Reuniting SSG Hughes and his family in my hometown makes this mission especially rewarding."
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 covering more than 71,000 miles.
To learn more about the VAC, please visit veteransairlift.org.
With stores and offices in more than 200 U.S. cities, Window World describes itself as the largest replacement window company in America.