American Airlines, American Eagle and Employees Salute Veterans and Military Personnel

American Airlines is partnering today with Blue Man Group, the Sands Foundation, and ThanksUSA to host a group of wounded warriors and their spouses from around the country for a special weekend in Las Vegas. The group will travel from Washington, D.C...


FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Veterans Day, American Airlines, American Eagle, and their employees will continue their long-standing support of veterans and the military through a series of special activities and programs.

"American Airlines has a long history of supporting our armed forces and veterans," said Roger Frizzell, American's Vice President Corporate Communications and Advertising. "We are proud to honor the bravery and dedication of the men and women who selflessly serve our country, and supporting these initiatives is a great way to do so."

American Airlines is partnering today with Blue Man Group, the Sands Foundation, and ThanksUSA to host a group of wounded warriors and their spouses from around the country for a special weekend in Las Vegas. The group will travel from Washington, D.C., to pick up more attendees in San Antonio, Texas. The group will subsequently arrive in Las Vegas to enjoy a weekend of relaxation to thank them for their sacrifice and service to our country. The visit will include a special performance by Blue Man Group at The Venetian Las Vegas.

"We can all take pride in being part of a company that so steadfastly shows its commitment to our military," said Capt. Steve Blankenship, Managing Director - Veterans Initiatives at American.

During the fourth quarter of 2009 alone, American, American Eagle and employee volunteers are supporting a number of initiatives related to the military and veterans, including:

-- Sky Ball VII: In October, American Airlines and the Fort Worth Air Power Foundation hosted the seventh annual Sky Ball fundraiser, which benefits the families of reservists and members of the National Guard stationed at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas. Legendary performer Tony Orlando headlined the event, and guests also enjoyed special appearances by musician Lee Greenwood and actor Gary Sinise. More than 600 American and American Eagle volunteers supported the event, which raised over $400,000.

-- St. Louis Rams Salute to Veterans: On Nov. 15, when the National Football League's St. Louis Rams host the New Orleans Saints, a halftime Salute to American Veterans will include a pass-in-review featuring local military organizations. Prior to the game, members of the Rams team will visit a local Veterans Administration hospital. American Airlines is flying in Sgt. 1st Class David Russell Milner, his wife and their three children on one of its signature yellow-ribbon aircraft to enjoy the game from a suite donated by the Rams. SFC Milner has been in the Texas Army National Guard for more than 10 years and has twice been deployed to Iraq. He was recently awarded the bronze star for meritorious service.

-- Snowball Express: For the first time ever, Snowball Express is making its way to North Texas Dec. 9-13, where more than 2,000 attendees are expected. Snowball Express is a volunteer organization that was established to provide fun and memorable experiences for the children and spouses of fallen military heroes. As the official airline of Snowball Express, American and employee-volunteer crews will provide the majority of the air travel for the program. The group will enjoy an excursion to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, a tour of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, and a visit to a Dallas Cowboys football clinic, as well as time to meet with the renowned Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

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