The history of Air Compassion for Veterans began with the founding of Mercy Medical Airlift® in 1972 by Edward R. Boyer, President and CEO. Mr. Boyer has been rightly called the “Father” of charitable air transportation for devoting his life to developing a comprehensive charitable air transportation system in America in both medical and disaster situations.

Mr. Boyer created a nationwide network of care through a variety of programs including MMA, Angel Flight, The National Patient Travel Center®, The Homeland Security Emergency Air Transportation System®, Air Compassion America® and ACV. These programs enabled thousands of patients every year to access life-saving or life-improving specialized medical care that would otherwise be unavailable to them due to barriers of disaster, time and finances.

Air Compassion for Veterans began servicing Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom for Afghanistan (OEF) wounded warriors in November 2006 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Initial funding was made by the California Community Foundation.  


ACV provided free air transportation to qualifying wounded warriors and veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their adversely affected family members, when the DoD and DVA could not assist. Free flights were made available through airline tickets, through Angel Flight transport in small planes flown by volunteer pilots for distances of less than 1,000 miles, and through air ambulance flights for non-ambulatory patients.  In 2010 ACV expanded service to include flights for all veterans of all wars.

Air Compassion for Veterans is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, no longer affiliated with Mercy Medical Angels.

The primary funding of Air Compassion for Veterans is by individual donors, Combined Federal Campaign, Grants, Amazon Smile and Give Direct for on-line giving. Please consider making a donation today.