Throughout Southwest Airlines’ 50-year history, we have been committed to supporting the brave military men and women. In the Southwest Airlines Family, we have more than 7,200 Employees who have served or are currently serving our country, and over 1,550 military spouses.
Our gratitude for the military also extends to the communities we serve.Southwest has several partnerships with military-focused nonprofit organizations, providing tangible support through our community outreach efforts. One of these partnerships is with The PTSD Foundation of America. Southwest supports PTSD Foundation by providing complimentary airline tickets to Combat Veterans so they can travel to participate in Camp Hope, a program designed to help them focus on their journey to healing.
The Veterans also receive therapeutic art kits from Help Heal Veterans, a Southwest Airlines Repurpose with Purpose partner. Southwest has donated thousands of pounds of our aircraft seat leather to Help Heal Veterans so they can make craft kits that help injured and recuperating veterans improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, manage stress and substance abuse, cope with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury - while also improving their sense of self-esteem and overall physical and mental health.
In honor of our 50th Anniversary and Veterans Day, we wanted to do something even more special for Camp Hope. Southwest is donating 50 roundtrip tickets to PTSD Foundation so they can further their mission to bring hope and healing to Combat Veterans and their families suffering from the effects of combat-related PTSD.
Today and every day, we honor all of our U.S. Veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country!