DAV Flight team brings message of Support to MacDill AirFest
General Event Information
In the company of the iconic World War II era B-25 Mitchell Bomber, the DAV Flight Team will appear at the 2014 MacDill AirFest on March 22-23. The airshow is one stop on a nationwide tour that aims to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and provide information about DAV programs and benefits. The B-25, which gained notoriety in the famed Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, Japan 71 years ago, shares a modern-day mission with DAV -- reminding people of the sacrifices veterans make for freedom. As brave men and women return from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the DAV’s services and advocacy are as relevant today as at any time in the nation’s history.
“The DAV is thrilled to bring our message of volunteerism and support to our nation’s sick and disabled veterans to this air show. We believe the men, women and children who will visit this air show are the patriotic, military-friendly citizens that have helped make this nation so great,” said DAV National Commander Joe Johnston. “The DAV is proud to be among this crowd, and meet those who want to know more about our service to veterans.”
Disabled American Veterans, representing more than 1.2 million disabled veterans, is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It is dedicated to one, single purpose: Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.
The DAV Aviation Outreach Program is now in its twelfth airshow season with AirSupport LLC. The DAV Aviation Outreach Program was developed to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and to serve veterans in communities across the nation. Using a World War II era B-25 bomber, the program participates in airshows throughout the country. Each event is a multi-day effort that includes a media campaign, airshow performances and an interactive DAV Flight Team Display. AirSupport LLC Event and Media Coordinators work with each show to maximize media exposure via traditional and social media for DAV. Media efforts also include VIP flights in the B-25 for major media outlets and result in multiple media hits at each show. In addition, DAV representatives are on hand throughout the event to talk to veterans and their families.