- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has been recognized with the 2015 Beacon Award in recognition of its services to military veterans.

Four years ago, the Oklahoma-based tribe joined Veterans Airlift Command, a nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families.

Since then the tribe has spent hundreds of flight hours on journeys to help wounded veterans, a total of 80 missions involving more than 97,000 miles.

It’s often difficult for some veterans to travel on commercial airlines because of injuries. Veterans Airlift Command provides a low-stress environment for traveling anywhere in the U.S. for medical and compassionate services.

Passengers assisted by the Choctaw Nation’s flights have included an bomb victim who lost both legs from above the knee and one arm above the wrist.

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