Tourism Gives Back

Each year, the VA1 Tourism Summit partners with a nonprofit organization local to the area. For the 2019 event, VA1 is supporting Luke’s Wings, a nonprofit dedicated to the support of wounded, ill, and injured service members that provides families with the means to visit during recovery and rehabilitation, keeping them physically connected on their journey to recovery.

Luke’s Wings was founded in 2008 by Sarah Wingfield and Fletcher Gill after observing the struggles of wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. When a service member is injured, the government will provide just three flights for immediate family to be bedside in the first critical moments; after that, families must pay for travel. This is where Luke’s Wings steps in, providing complimentary airfare throughout the entirety of their hero’s recovery. Through different programs, flights are provided for families of wounded service members, veterans in hospice, and those undergoing treatment for major chronic illnesses and cancer. The organization has provided over 5,250 flights.

Our goal for VA1 is to raise enough to fund 5 flights! Join VA1 in supporting Luke’s Wings to raise critical funds to ensure no service member is alone this holiday season.


· At the VA1 Tourism Summit – Luke’s Wings will be on site at the event. Look for their table (tentatively in the foyer outside the Arlington ballroom) from 10 am to 6 pm on Monday and 7:30 am to 12 pm on Tuesday.

· Online – Give online at

· Donate Delta Miles – Go to to learn more and donate a minimum of 1,000 miles. During November, any miles donated will be matched by Delta!

Thank you for helping Tourism Give Back!