Halos & Heroes A celebration of heroes

Halos and Heroes is an annual dinner event that has been honoring wounded warriors and volunteer pilots since 2007. Held in October at a privately-owned airport in Virginia Beach that houses one of the nation’s premier collections of World War II flyable aircraft, Halos and Heroes brings inspiration and entertainment to audiences each year while raising friends and funds for Air Compassion for Veterans® (ACV).

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” (Maya Angelou)

Halos and Heroes is an evening that lives on. First, the guests are treated to a flight demonstration of vintage aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang. They may also lift their eyes to watch a spectacular parachute jump from a Golden Knight. Each year the rolling swells of bagpipes usher in the Color Guard, followed by a great meal and a special program honoring our halos (Angel Flight pilots) and heroes (wounded warriors). They will be moved by testimonials from injured veterans who have overcome enormous medical and mental challenges, such as Sgt. Eric Edmundson or Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Paul Bucha. The evening ends on an upbeat note with a concert. Past artists have included the Charlie Daniels Band, the Grace Street Quartet, 4Troops and other well-known performers.

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Air Compassion for Veterans and Mercy Medical Airlift

ACV is the nation’s largest charitable, medical transportation charity serving veterans and wounded warriors. Partnering with American Airlines, ACV provides free airline tickets for wounded warriors and their adversely-affected family members, enabling access to a host of therapies, including PTSD counseling, service dog acquisition, medical treatment, rehabilitation, grief camps, and many others.

ACV is a program of Mercy Medical Airlift® (MMA), a national nonprofit organization billed as America’s Charitable Medical Transportation System® due to the nearly 100,000 patients and clients served since its establishment in the mid-1970s. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, MMA provides charitable medical air and ground transportation through a variety of programs such as ACV, Angel Flight, Angel Bus, and others. MMA has received Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for many years based on integrity and transparency.