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Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today capped a three-day celebration of veterans with a
$350,000 gift to the Fisher House Foundation at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in
Washington, D.C. The airline kicked off its military salute in
Friday, Nov. 9, with the dedication of the "Spirit of Freedom," a Boeing 757 honoring men and women who currently serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including more than 10,000 Delta employees.
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Congressman John Kline, Minn., who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and is chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, joined
Andrea Newman, Delta's senior vice president – Government Affairs, and
Tad Hutcheson, Delta's vice president – Community Affairs in presenting the gift to the Fisher House today.
"Delta is a longstanding supporter of Fisher House, because we strongly believe in their mission of providing, without charge, a safe, comforting environment for families of service members during their medical stay," said Newman. "On behalf of Delta's 80,000 employees, I want to personally thank Fisher House for the tremendous work they do."
The gift will support veterans and families receiving treatment at military medical centers. It comes in part from the Delta Sky Club®, which donated 10 percent of proceeds from new memberships purchased in July.
During today's gate celebration at DCA, Delta employees handed out commemorative stickers to passengers in honor of
Friday, Nov. 9,
Nathan Deal, Delta CEO
Richard Anderson, other military and elected officials, and hundreds of employees gathered at Delta's Technical Operations Center in
Atlanta to mark the christening of the "Spirit of Freedom," which now bears a commemorative logo.
"At Delta, we have an obligation to support our employee servicemen and servicewomen, our veterans and the millions of others on active duty who fly with us each year," said Anderson. "In honor of their brave acts of service, selflessness and sacrifice, we are proud to dedicate this aircraft."