THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE VERY UGLY OF DELTA AIRLINES, ESPECIALLY TO OUR VALIANT MILITARY, AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT…
First, the Good…
I recently received this video in an email. I know it’s about a year old, but I felt it was news that should be brought front and center again, plus I added additional info at the bottom of this story. It’s a video showing Delta Airline employees’ “Honor Guard” showing honor and dignity as one of our Brave Fallen Heroes is transferred from one of their planes. May God rest his heroic soul. It filled my heart with such emotion that I wanted to post it here. It seems they treat our Fallen Heroes with the dignity they deserve as they are returned to the country they so valiantly served…
Now, the Bad and Very Ugly…
It’s a habit of mine to dig deeper into subject matters that interest me, and I am a proud military supporter. I wanted to know what started this dignified ceremony and what I found wasn’t what I expected…
According to a story I read on TheBlaze, on December 13, 2011, Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown was leading his squad on foot patrol in an area in Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED and lost both his legs; one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. At a later date, on a Delta Flight from Atlanta to Washington, he was humiliated and treated with such disrespect that even passengers on the plane complained. Marine Lance Corporal Brown was then escorted to the back of the plane.
People offered to give up their seats, even in First Class, but Delta Airlines would have none of that patriotism! You would think that they would have put him either in First Class or at the front of the plane in an effort to show their support for his heroism and because of the extent of his injuries, but they did neither, and as an added insult, wouldn’t even permit others who wanted to show him their respect for his service to our great nation.
I hate to bring race into this story, I really do, but had this been even a black civilian, do you really think he would have been escorted to the BACK OF THE PLANE??? I don’t think so. Anyway, here’s the link to that story…
I couldn’t believe this story, but it is true. After reading it, I now know why Delta Airlines formed their “Honor Guard” in what I call “damage control”. I hope all airlines take note and not follow Delta’s disgraceful actions and inactions. They should be thanking and embracing every military service personnel who boards their planes, both living and deceased, because if it weren’t for our military, they’d all be sitting on camels instead…
I found it appalling that Delta Airlines, because of public scrutiny, now honors our Fallen Heroes. Here’s an idea, how about also honoring those that survived the evil, and give them the hero’s welcome which they deserve when you are fortunate enough to have them sitting in your planes? I wonder if even one of the crew thanked him for his service to our country. I wonder if they now look back and correct their bad mistakes and honor our military when they see them. Our heroes deserve it!
But wait, there’s more…
Just five months ago, former Marine Sergeant Joseph Smith, filed a lawsuit against United Airlines and their airport workers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, stating that airline workers “tipped over his wheelchair while boarding a plane, which caused his catheter bag to spill and left him to soak in his own urine on the flight”, as CBS Chicago reported. I wonder how many others have suffered the same humiliation, but is not reported.
Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown was rightfully honored in April with the help of Operation Open Arms and many others in SWF, Fort Myers, FL; Sanibel Island, FL and Captiva Island, FL. Click on the link below for the complete story, including pictures, and sadly, stories similar in nature suffered by other heroic warriors. The actions of these airline employees is absolutely disgraceful, but I’m sure our military knows just how proud the rest of us are of their service to this great country and the sacrifices they have made…
Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown, a disabled veteran was honored with the help of Operation Open Arms and many others today here in SWF, Fort Myers, Fl, Sanibel Island, Florida and Captiva Island Florida
Now, here’s what we can do about it. It explains what Veterans AirLift is and what they have done for our veterans, and the link is also listed at the bottom of my Blog at QueenBeeWorld. The Veterans AirLift Command (VAC) provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
Who needs the airlines when patriots are willing to help patriots. That’s why I love this country! America is strong—not because of our government—but because of everyday Americans who go above and beyond to help their brothers and sisters who go above and beyond every day to fight for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
I think it’s high time this country stops honoring so-called celebrities who care only for themselves, stop supporting the illegal dead weight that has been festering in this country always looking for a handout, and start honoring and supporting the true heroes who have always gone above and beyond to ensure America remains the greatest nation on God’s earth…
Before you read the story I posted below, I’m posting the video of 23-year old Navy EOD Tech, Taylor Morris, a courageous soldier who lost his arms and legs protecting our freedoms that so many take for granted. His loving girlfriend, Danielle Kelly, also gets my applause for being the loyal girlfriend who truly does love, honor and support her heroic boyfriend, as evidenced in this beautiful video.
Taylor’s and Danielle’s picture is also at the bottom of the story below. May God bless them both, and may God continue to Bless The United States Of America…
To Honor Our Veterans Please Boycott Delta Airlines
Submitted by rcwhalen on 12/24/2012 12:36 -0400
“On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip,” the Washington Post reported on December 13, 2012. “He also lost part of his right index finger.”
“Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was ‘humiliated’ to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of the plane, according to a complaint sent to the airline by an outraged fellow passenger.”
What is outrageous is that when several passengers on the Delta flight offered to give Brown their seats in first class, the Delta crew refused. The Washington Post reports that “Flight attendants insisted no one could move through the cabin because the doors were being closed for takeoff.”
Now you are probably wondering why a financial analyst and banker is taking an interest in wounded veterans. The answer is that my employer, Carrington Holdings, participates in a voluntary network of private companies and individuals known as the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) that donate our Flight Crew and aircraft to move wounded veterans around the country. The VAC organized and flew over 1500 trips last year and has a growing list of over 1800 planes and pilots that are standing by to help out.
The work of the VAC and its volunteers makes a big difference. A couple of days before Christmas, our flight department at Carrington had the honor of flying Taylor and Danielle Morris home from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to their home in Iowa. Like Chris Brown, Taylor was grievously wounded in battle and required months of rehabilitation before being discharged from military service. You can see their story on YouTube.
Carrington tries to fly 15-20 missions a year and like all the participants in the VAC, supplies flight crew, aircraft, fuel, maintenance and insurance all free of cost to the Veteran and family. We believe that it is our fundamental obligation to take care of those that have sacrificed so much while protecting our freedom.
Unfortunately while the Department of Defense generally does a good job of rehabilitation of wounded veterans, the last detail – namely getting these heroes home safely and with dignity – somehow is missed. We were fortunate to be able to help this brave young man and his beautiful wife travel those last miles home in comfort and dignity that they deserve. Like all veterans, they thank us profusely. Our answer is simple: “No, thank you.”
The VAC tries to serve as many veterans as possible, but the sheer number of young men and women who return from Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflicts missing arms and legs among other severe injuries is still too great for this volunteer effort. Hundreds of wounded veterans are still compelled to fly on commercial airlines and endure the same humiliation and disrespect that Chris Brown suffered at the hands of Delta Airlines.
In fact, when the VAC cannot fulfill a mission directly with a volunteer aircraft and crew, they buy and donate airline tickets to the Veteran and his or her family. You guessed it, even on Delta Airlines in the past – not anymore.
The goal overall though, is to make certain that when commercial airlines have travelers like Chris Brown or the other thousands of severely wounded Veterans, they make generous accommodations available to treat these heroes with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Or they can refer the veterans to organizations like the VAC for more customized transportation. Working together, the commercial airlines and private organizations like the VAC can get the job done; take care of America’s Heroes.
Unfortunately when my colleagues at Carrington and many of the other organizations that participate in the VAC contacted Delta Airlines to complain about the treatment of Chris Brown and to ask for a change in policy, they were rebuffed. They sent us a form letter. But this is a case where we are not going to take no for an answer.
The only reason that the commercial airlines aren’t interested in referring and taking care of the veterans is in pursuit of the Almighty Dollar. Then in further pursuit of the fictitious “On Time Departure,” they treat these brave young soldiers like excess cargo. Companies like mine won’t stand for that.
Those of us who travel as part of our jobs rightly hate commercial airlines as a business model, but my colleagues and I vehemently resent their treatment of this special group of passengers. We need your help to get this bad situation fixed. And until Delta Airlines changes its policies, the 2,500 employees of our company will no longer fly on Delta.
When our CEO, Bruce Rose put the policy out to all of our Associates, he was met with overwhelming support and expressions of pride from all corners of the country where we work. Our Company “get’s it”.
Will you join us in expressing your outrage?
First, we want you to contact Delta Airlines CEO Richard H. Anderson and his colleagues. You can click here to get the contact information for Delta (NYSE:DAL). But frankly all of the major airlines need to hear the same message.
If you share our sense of outrage at the way wounded veterans are treated by Delta Airlines and other commercial carriers, then please get involved. Something as simple as forwarding this post to you friends and colleagues is the first step. And you can tell them, as we have, that you will not fly on Delta until they change their policy towards wounded veterans.
Second and perhaps more important, we need to contact members of Congress to demand that they pressure the White House, the Transportation Safety Administration and related federal agencies to make adjustments in law and regulation to change the way that Veterans are treated when they travel on commercial airlines. The VAC web site has a number of horror stories about how wounded vets are humiliated by commercial airlines and the TSA. Perhaps it has been lost on the TSA that these are the same people that are fighting on the front lines for what the TSA is pretending to protect. This situation is outrageous and completely unnecessary, but it will be rectified when we get enough voices to demand change.
The good news is that thanks to the VAC and other organizations, a growing number of private companies and individuals are making their time and resources available to help address the needs of thousands of wounded soldiers coming home from war. We don’t yet have enough volunteers and planes to get the job done privately, but the cases where we can take these brave men and women home in comfort and dignity make the effort worthwhile.
Just look at the photo below of Taylor and Danielle Morris on their way home with our flight crew flying the VAC organized mission last week. This is about honoring our veterans and doing the right thing. Carrington and the VAC can’t do it alone – please help us to take care of the true American Heroes that have sacrificed so much protecting our freedom by making their lives just a little bit easier.