America’s largest exterior remodeler honors veterans with recent flight
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. – In celebration of Veterans Day, Window World® proudly announces the completion of its 100th Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) mission. The VAC provides free air transportation to wounded soldiers and their families through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners such as Window World. The exterior remodeling company transported World War II veteran Army Air Corp Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Karnig Thomasian and his daughter for a visit to Dallas, Texas, where SSGT Thomasian was to be honored at the Wings Over Dallas Air Show along with other WWII veterans.
For many wounded warriors with prosthetics or other mobility issues, flying in private aircraft rather than commercial planes is the best way to accommodate their unique needs. The VAC aims to bring families together by partnering with individuals, pilots and companies to give back to the soldiers who sacrificed for our country. Window World has been a partner with the VAC for over seven years.
“Showing support for our military is very important to us,” stated Steven Kamody, Window World president. “We are grateful to honor our service men and women within the Window World team and across the United States through the VAC organization.”
SSGT Thomasian was serving as a gunner/electrical specialist on a B-29 Superfortress when it went down in flames over Japan. To escape, he parachuted out of the burning aircraft, landing in a rice paddy where he was immediately captured by the Japanese. Chronicling his military career, Thomasian published a book ‘Then There Were Six,’ which is a true story of the 1944 Rangoon Disaster. The pages tell the story of Thomasian’s mission over Japan, during which 18 airmen were killed and 29 were captured by the Japanese.
“I have the incredible opportunity to meet some of the dedicated veterans who have served our country,” added Alan York, chief pilot for Window World. “I was honored to fly with SSGT Thomasian and learn about his life experiences, and I look forward to flying 100 more veterans in the coming years.”
Window World and its franchises nationwide are longtime supporters of the military, volunteering, donating and sponsoring events to honor and serve veterans. As a corporate sponsor of the VAC, Window World encourages everyone to express gratitude not only by words, but by actions. “It is a privilege to complete the 100th VAC mission days before Veterans Day,” added Kamody. “This flight and all of those before it are a tribute to the American heroes who serve our country every single day.”
About Window World® Window World®: headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, with more than 200 locally-owned offices nationwide. Founded in 1995, the company sells and installs windows, siding, doors and other exterior products, with a total of over 13 million windows sold to date. Window World is an ENERGY STAR® partner and its window products have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal for nine consecutive years. In June 2016, Window World earned the ranking of “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors, Three out of Four Times in a Row,”. For more information about Window World, visit www.WindowWorld.com or call 1-800 NEXT WINDOW.
About Veterans Airlift Command: Window World, Inc. supports the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. All flights are made available through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. To learn more about the VAC, visit www.veteransairlift.org.