4th Quarter Journal 2013 - (Page 28)

NATA member Michael Grossman shares his moving experiences volunteering for the Veterans Airlift Command with Air Charter Summit attendees. BY COLIN BANE O n March 12, 2012, just 18 days into his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, Army Specialist Andrew Smith stepped on the pressure plate of an improvised explosive device that ultimately claimed one of his legs below the knee and the other above the knee, and sent him back to the U.S. with severe injuries including a stomach full of shrapnel that left him unable to eat for weeks. Smith remained in intensive care at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland for a month and a half and was hospitalized for three months. One of the first of his many challenges as he began learning 28 to make the most of his new prosthetic limbs was purely logistical: how to get home, or anywhere, for that matter. "I was attached to a lot of tubes when I was first discharged from the hospital, feeding tubes and all that, and I was worried about how I was going to be able to travel," he recalls. "My wife, Tori, and I were asking around, like, 'How do we do this?' and someone mentioned the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). It was just incredible to learn that there were all these pilots out there willing to donate their time and their aircraft, and that the VAC is able to coordinate all of that effort. It helped us out so much not Aviation Business Journal | 4th Quarter 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 4th Quarter Journal 2013

President's Message
From the Ground Up
Navigating Through healthcare Reform
2013 International Update
Veterans Airlift command: they've got heart; they need wings
FAA Chief Counsel Interpretations
Free is a Very Good Price
Marketing Strategies for Driving Share of Wallet
State Tax Changes for 2013
A Beginner's Guide to Rulemaking
Advertiser's Index

4th Quarter Journal 2013