American Airlines is raising funds for the USO (United Service Organizations) this week through an AAdvantage promotion and nationwide "Yellow-Ribbon Day" celebrations at many U.S. airports. The official airline of the USO, American is also partnering with that organization and MGM Resorts International to send a group of wounded service members from around the country to the third annual "A Salute to the Troops" weekend in Las Vegas.
Through Veterans Day, November 11, AAdvantage members will earn 15 AAdvantage bonus miles, instead of 10, for each dollar donated through American's Miles in Support of All Who Serve program. A minimum $25 donation is required. This cash donation helps the USO lift the spirits of troops and their families through a variety of services and programs, including Operation USO Care Package, Mobile USO and Families of the Fallen Support.
For more information and to donate, visit www.AA.com/JoinUs.
American Airlines employees are also participating in a nationwide "Yellow-Ribbon Day" on November 11. Customers on U.S. flights this week are encouraged to join American Airlines in saluting veterans by wearing yellow ribbons and contributing to the USO via yellow collection containers that will be displayed in domestic airports.
In addition, customers and employees are invited to convey their personal messages of thanks to veterans and troops via photo booths in designated airports. Team members will be on hand with whiteboards and markers to assist, while photos of individuals and their messages can be viewed on American's Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/AA. Customers can also share photos and messages of support using the Twitter hashtag #thankourtroops.
For the "Salute to the Troops" Las Vegas trip on Veterans Day, a group of more than 60 wounded soldiers will travel from Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. They and their companions will be treated to a weekend packed with entertainment, activities and sightseeing.
American Airlines will provide transportation onboard its yellow-ribbon 737 aircraft, "Flagship Liberty," for the group from Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. Soldiers will also depart San Antonio International Airport via flights provided by the nonprofit organization Air Compassion for Veterans.