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Honoring Our Veterans

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At Air Methods, we salute our 1,368 teammates who have served in our nation’s armed forces, and now help provide lifesaving efforts to hundreds of communities across the country. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to keep our country safe. 

Because the military has excellent training programs for pilots, mechanics, clinicians, and other needed positions, many teammates bring their skills and extensive experience from the front lines of defense to the front lines of care. 

“Not only is Air Methods a well-run, disciplined organization, but it also provides a great paying job with great leadership and that attracts workers with a military background,” said Brian Koontz, Air Force veteran and manager of outreach. “The veterans at AMC are a great bunch of men and women who served our country with honor and distinction.  We don’t ask for much and appreciate the support we get from our co-workers, friends, and leadership.” 

One of the many ways we can support veterans is by protecting their access to air medical services. As you know, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to lower their reimbursement rate to match Medicare which is less than 50 percent of the cost of transport. There is concern throughout the air medical industry that if Veterans Affairs lowers its reimbursement rate, providers across the country may be forced to pull out of some rural markets. It is currently estimated that 25 percent of veterans live in rural areas, so continued service is critical for these heroes who often face ongoing medical challenges as a result of their military service.  

“The best available health care for our veterans should always be a national priority,” said Doug Downey, veteran and vice president of safety. “Any rules or legislation impeding that must be addressed and offered alternative solutions to ensure our veterans’ sacrifices are never forgotten or undermined.” 

All Air Methods employees are encouraged to submit a letter to the Secretary of Veteran Affairs through the SOAR (Save Our Air medical Resources) campaign. Simply click here: https://www.soarcampaign.com/take-action, and submit the pre-written letter. Share the link with friends and family, as well as on your personal social media pages, to help spread the word about the need for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to delay reducing their reimbursement rate. 

From all of us at AMC to our veteran teammates, thank you for your service!