FREE Elite status with AA for Veterans!

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  1. Whendoublewidesfly

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    (copied from my blog)
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    American Airlines is keeping with traditions (that started last year) and are honoring all living veterans today and gifting all living veterans who have received a medal of honor with American Airlines highest status. All Medal of Honor recipients will receive AAdvantage Executive Platinum status, and ConciergeKey and Admirals Club memberships. This award will be handed out in Washington DC at the Tomb of the unknown this weekend after a series of events, on that includes an event at New York City’s LaGuardia airport followed by a quick flight on Flagship Liberty to Washington DC.

    The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded and the Medal of Honor is awarded by the President of the United States to those veterans who "conspicuously distinguish themselves through gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty." There have been more than 40 million veterans who have served the USA since the Civil War and fewer than 3,500 Medals of Honor have been awarded. (That's less than 0.00875%!!!)

    This is the Second year that American Airlines has gifted this status to the Medal of Honor's recipients and the fifth year flagship liberty has flown a mission for this select group of veterans. American Airlines claims to have a special place in the company's heart for Veterans, especially since 60% of their pilots and approximately 10% of all of their employees are veterans.
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    Is there source documentation so we can read the news story? Also the title is misleading, AA is not awarding EXP to veterans. They're awarding it to Medal of Honor recipients. That's a big, big difference in scale.
     
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    Yup. There are about 22 million living veterans. Of those, 81 have been awarded the medal of honor.
     
  5. Skye1
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    Perhaps an edit to the thread title?

    Have always respected the way that AA honours the American military...have seen gate agents announce priority boarding for them, have seen many gladly give up their F seat for them, A/C memberships, etc. Concierge Key AND exp AND Aadmirals Club memberships to this group is certainly a respectable gesture.
     
  6. schnitzel
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    So the other 3419 have perished? Maybe they generally award these posthumously?
     
  7. rwoman
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    It is almost always awarded posthumously.

    http://www.cmohs.org/
    • Total Recipients: 3,458
    • Living Recipients: 81
    • Double Recipients: 19
    • Most Recent: DAKOTA MEYER
     
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  8. perryplatypus

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    We have 10 to 15 Medal of Honor recipents that attend our event every year in Gainesville Texas. We always try to book them on American so they get the free upgrades. Also their Ex Plat account are coded with a higher priority so the go to the head of the line even ahead of other Ex Plats. Here is a link to our program
    http://www.themedalofhonorhostcityprogram.com/
    and I am proud to be a member of the board. Our event is coming up in the second week in April and as we get closer I will let fellow MP members know when parts of Hwy 114 and I35 will be closed down by DFW for their monster PRG 300 motorcycle escort all the way to Gainesville Texas. We even had a Huey fly above the motorcade last year!
     
  9. zphelj

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    I wondered if they could somehow kick them up the list to the top. Cool.
     
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    Interesting, it shows as a quote from me in this post, but it was postee by perryplatypus. ;)
     
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    You had me really excited there for a minute! Very cool that they do that, now if we can just get them to give Gold or Plat to the rest of the vets ;) Then I would be a really happy camper.
     
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    Wow!

    I'm embarrassed not to know this, but is the Medal of Honor given across all branches of service?
     
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  13. rwoman
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    Yes.
     
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    Even the Coast Guard has one Medal of Honor although the recipent of the medal received the Navy version. The Coast Guard medal has never been awarded.
     
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    Must be that DHS/Department of Trans. gray area that the USCG falls under...
     
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    We've never lost a coast. ;)
     
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    Actually the Coast Guard did not get their own medal authorized till 1963 and the one awarded was during WWII.
     
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    There's millions of veterans, just from our most recent wars. I'd think the business impact of something like that would be very negative for AAdvantage.
     
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    I've got to agree. On some flights already, it sure seems as if the Priority boarding line is as long as the regular coach line. If they add millions to the Elite rolls, they'll just make that worse, and push away the customers who already spend more on AA yearly.
     
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    I'm still serving and a veteran...even I do not agree with giving all vets status...less than 100 people will have very limited impact....millions of vets...yes, that would be a bad business decision IMHO.
     
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    And out of the 81 living Medal of Honor recipients only 40 to 50 are even able to travel due to age and health issues. I would like to see American offer some sort of discount to all veterans and active military. But I guess then can only afford a senior discount.
     
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    Oh I know, I'm one of those vets from our most recent war. I know it wouldn't make for good business, never hurts to dream though ;)
     
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    Yesterday coming from DFW to BTW there were a group of 45 WWII veterans and their caregivers (their average age was 88) on board. All the vets were boarded first, to widespread applause, and the USO gave them all a very nice lunch box. About 10-12 of them had wheelchairs. Upon departure there was a watergun salute, to applause again. Upon arrival at BWI they had a major welcome again. By coincidence a handful of active duty military were on board. Two young Air Force Airman First Class were given upgrades to the two seats left after all the rest of us had boarded. Those two were grinning from ear to ear. We all clapped for them also. It was a good flight!
     
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    That is awesome... :) Thanks for sharing...the AF does not have corporals though... probably Senior Airmen. ;)
     
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    No, they were airman first class both. I am chagrined that I wrote corporal. After five years working with the US Air Force I should know better.:oops:
    How can I explain this abysmal failure? Altzheimers? Too much time spent around army types? For this horrid breach of etiquette I will make a new Kiva loan in penance. Am I forgiven, if such a thing is possible?
     
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