Helping Soldiers Home

Michael Sheehan

Physician's Money Digest, February15 2004, Volume 11, Issue 3

When America's soldiers return fromIraq on leave, they are flown to one ofthree US airports—Baltimore-Washington,Dallas-Fort Worth, or Atlanta. Toget home from there, some must buytickets for connecting flights out of theirown pockets. Although Congress hascome up with $55 million to help getmembers of the military home, themoney is not always available to soldiershome on emergency leave, nor does thegovernment reimburse family membersfor trips to visit wounded soldiers. Ifyou're a doctor with spare frequent-flyer miles, some airlines are allowingthose enrolled in frequent-flyer programsto donate miles to help returningtroops and their families. For moreinformation, visit Operation Hero Miles(www.heromiles.org), which is acceptingdonations of miles, tickets, or cash toprovide transportation for soldiers andtheir families.