Window World Inc. sponsored a mission for the Veterans Airlift Command on February 19. Three wounded veterans traveled from Washington, D.C., to Meridian, Miss., to speak about their experiences to marines who are scheduled to deploy to combat zones. They also planned this trip to Mississippi to visit a friend and fellow Marine, according to the announcement.

USMC LCPL Kyle Carpenter, one of the passengers on the February 19 mission, was serving in Afghanistan when he was hit by an enemy grenade in 2010. Carpenter heroically threw himself on the grenade to shield his fellow Marine, losing his right eye and suffering other severe injuries in the process.

Dominic Davila and Rory Hamil were also aboard the flight to Mississippi. Davila had his right leg amputated below the knee as a result of an insurgent bombing in Afghanistan in 2009. Hamil lost his right leg in 2011 after stepping on an explosive pressure plate in Afghanistan. Fellow Marine William Romero was also on the flight.

“We’re thrilled that we’re able to give back to these veterans who have given so much,” said Tammy Whitworth, chairman and CEO of Window World and co-founder of Window World Cares. “Several members of our Window World family are veterans so this cause is one that is dear to our hearts. We’re proud to support such a great organization.”

The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) is a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

In addition to supporting veteran missions, Window World Cares dedicated a custom chopper built by Orange County Choppers to the VAC. The bike was built in 2011 and will be unveiled to the public on an episode of “American Chopper” scheduled to air Monday, February 27, at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery Channel.

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