American honors heroes on Veterans Day, everyday

American honors heroes on Veterans Day, everyday

American Airlines and its employees work year round to honor and support our heroes, both active military members and veterans. From the Miles in Support of All Who Serve program to our participation with Honor Flight, we do our best to thank them for their service. But as Veterans Day approaches, it’s time to go beyond everyday efforts and salute veterans and remember and honor the sacrifices they made.

This year, as American and its employees show support and gratitude, we put a special spotlight on Vietnam veterans for the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. As a Commemorative Partner of the Department of Defense, American is sponsoring events systemwide that pay tribute to employees, employees’ immediate family members and retirees who are Vietnam War-era veterans (1955-1975), including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW) or listed as missing in action (MIA).

At hubs and bases throughout the country, special ceremonies are scheduled where Vietnam-era veteran employees and family members will be recognized and receive a special commemorative pin. “It’s good to be recognized,” said Michael Fidler, Vietnam veteran and supervisor – Line Maintenance, CLT. “If there is one thing I want people to know about my service it would be that I served.”

American hosts events for military members and veterans

In addition to the Veterans Day program, American hosts several annual events that support active military members, veterans and their families:

Oct. 22: Medal of Honor Dinner
Oct. 23: Here's to the Heroes Concert featuring Pitbull
Oct. 24: Skyball. Proceeds from Skyball support the Airpower Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that raises money in support of our military and their families.

Nov. 4: 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War: American will honor employee veterans at all hubs and at TUL.

Nov. 13-17: Salute to the Troops: American and partner(s) send a group of wounded service members on Las Vegas weekend, complete with dinner and a show.

Dec. 12: Seats for Soldiers: American and the Dallas Mavericks fly in injured veterans recovering at the San Antonio VA for a fine dinner and some choice seats at an awesome game.

Dec. 12-16: Snowball Express: American brings children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11 together for a four-day experience to the children

Dec. 29: Armed Forces Bowl: For the sixth year, American is a sponsor of the ESPN Events, Lockheed Martin American Forces Bowl. American will host military members, veterans and their families.

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Veterans Day 2015

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