When we first learned about the opportunity to work with Southwest Airlines and The Palazzo Las Vegas on a “Salute Our Troops” weekend, we had a hard time believing our luck. How often do you have the chance to work with two corporate partners as committed to pulling off such a huge event for our troops?
For the past few months, our organizations have worked together to plan an all-inclusive weekend of entertainment, dining, and relaxation for 65 wounded service members and guests from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and the Bethesda National Naval and Walter Reed Army Medical Centers in Washington, D.C. These men and women, having faced combat like none other in history, now fight every day to regain a bit of what they had before. For these 65 troops, the injury is just the beginning.
This weekend, they’ll leave that all behind and enjoy the beautiful Palazzo Las Vegas, where they will enjoy everything from complimentary tickets to attend both Jersey Boys and the Blue Man Group, to a private poker tutorial and tournament. At the Armed Forces Foundation, everything we do revolves around the idea of “serving those who serve,” and this Las Vegas event fits that to a T. Beginning on Friday with Southwest Airlines flights from BWI and SAT, this weekend allows us to say thanks to those who have sacrificed so much by treating them to a once-in-a-lifetime VIP weekend.
Our guests are men and women from different backgrounds from all parts of the country. Many were injured by improvised explosive devices overseas. Some suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, but all have put themselves directly in harm’s way in service to our nation.
Our foundation operates a variety of programs for the United States Military Community. Our financial assistance grants help to families through rough times of injury and transition. Our Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury outreach programs provide information and build relationships to foster awareness and promote treatment of these hidden ailments. Lastly, our morale, welfare, and recreation program gives troops and families the opportunity to get off post or out of the hospital and go out and have fun, because sometimes, recreation and laughter are just what the doctor ordered.
Thanks for checking in! We can’t thank Southwest Airlines enough for providing this wonderful service, and we look forward to keeping you updated throughout the weekend!