American Airlines Marks Independence Day With Special Offer to Help America’s Servicemen and Women and Their Families

American Will Celebrate the Nation’s Birthday in the ‘Spirit Of 1776′ With a 17.76 Million Mile Donation to Operation Hero Miles

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines is celebrating our nation’s Independence Day by teaming with its AAdvantage members to help U.S. military personnel who have been injured or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

American will guarantee donation of at least 17,760,000 AAdvantage(R) miles to Operation Hero Miles in support of hospitalized servicemen and women and their loved ones who have sacrificed to ensure United States freedom and independence. American will match its AAdvantage-member donations mile-for-mile until the goal is reached. The donation campaign will begin July 4 and continue throughout the summer, concluding on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

“This celebration of our nation’s Independence Day honors the brave men and women who continue to work for our freedom and the freedom of people around the world,” said American Airlines Executive Vice President Dan Garton. “American is proud to help bring families and loved ones to the bedsides of wounded servicemen and women.”

In addition to this program, American will continue to welcome servicemen and women into its Admirals Clubs at airports that do not have a military club.

The donated miles from American Airlines and its AAdvantage(R) members will assist Operation Hero Miles, which supports families of American military men and women who are being treated for injury, illness or disease at military hospitals around the globe. Through its partnership with the Fisher House Foundation, Operation Hero Miles is able to bring family members and close friends to the bedsides of U.S. service people hospitalized due to their service in Iraq or Afghanistan. In addition, wounded U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan with an approved convalescent leave may be provided round-trip airline travel from the military hospital to their home and return if they are not eligible for government-funded airfare.

“This contribution is significant, because it will benefit approximately 600 servicemen and women and their families,” said James D. Weiskopf, Vice President for Communications at the Fisher House Foundation. “Because of generous partners like American Airlines, we have already provided more than 3,500 round-trip airline tickets worth more than $3.5 million to hospitalized Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom military campaign personnel and their families.”

According to Weiskopf, these families often must make many trips and stay for months at a time to help seriously wounded soldiers through long recuperations and multiple surgeries.

U.S. Senators Applaud American’s Contribution

The two U.S. Senators representing American’s home state of Texas praised the Operation Hero Miles program and acknowledged American’s continuing support of U.S. troops.

“This is a great way for Americans to show their gratitude to those who sacrifice for our country,” said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). “As we observe our country’s Independence Day, I’m delighted that American Airlines and its customers are remembering those who continue to preserve our freedoms.”

“Our troops benefit so much from the love and support of their family and friends as they put their lives on the line every day to defend our freedom,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “Through its contributions, American Airlines is putting the spotlight on this program, which will not only bring in donations from American and its customers, but will lead to support from others across the country.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) echoed support: “The Operation Hero Miles program is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for the brave men and women serving in the U.S. Military. By donating frequent flier miles, American Airlines and its customers can provide travel for the family members of injured troops, and thank them for their incredible support and sacrifice. As our nation celebrates Independence Day, let us honor those who are fighting for the cause of freedom.”

How to Donate

American Airlines will be reaching out to its more than 50 million AAdvantage members and asking for their support. When American Airlines announced on Veteran’s Day in 2003 that it would join Operation Hero Miles by donating 10 million miles to jump-start the program, the airline invited its AAdvantage members to contribute miles as well. In a true showing of generosity, AAdvantage customers rallied to contribute an additional 10 million miles. American is confident its customers will continue supporting this worthy cause.

AAdvantage members can donate miles to Operation Hero Miles by completing the Miles For Heroes AAdvantage Donation Form, which may be found at . Completed forms may be sent by fax to 817-963-7882, or by mail to Miles for Heroes, American Airlines AAdvantage Department, P.O. Box 619688, DFW Airport, TX 75261-9688.

Donors will be asked to provide their AAdvantage account number, name, mileage donation and signature on all mailed or faxed pledges. The minimum donation per member is 500 miles.

Miles contributed to Operation Hero Miles cannot be designated for specific personnel. The Fisher House Foundation, Inc., will redeem donated miles in strict accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations established pursuant to 10 U.S.C. section 2613.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest carrier. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional carriers serve more than 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,800 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American’s award-winning Web site,, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld Alliance. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) .

About Operation Hero Miles

Operation Hero Miles provides air transportation to U.S. military hospitals for wounded military personnel and their families More than 540 million miles have been donated by the airlines and travelers throughout the USA, enough for over 22,600 round trip flights.

*Terms and Conditions

For Donations: Mail or fax the Miles For Heroes AAdvantage Donation Form found on to the American Airlines AAdvantage Department. Fax number is 817-963-7882; Mailing address is P.O. Box 619688, DFW Airport, TX 75261-9688.

Usage of the Donated Miles: Operation Hero Miles allows for travel by injured/ill members of the U.S. armed forces hospitalized due to their service in Iraq or Afghanistan and/or travel to/from military hospitals in the U.S. and countries to which American operates flights by family members or close friends of such personnel. Miles contributed to this program cannot be designated for specific personnel. Visit for additional information regarding this program.

A minimum of 500 miles per donation is required. Donated miles are not tax deductible. All donation requests must be faxed or postmarked by September 5, 2005. Upon completion of the donation request, the donor transfers all rights to the specified number of miles to the American Airlines Miles for Heroes program. The Fisher House Foundation, Inc., will redeem donated miles in strict accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations established pursuant to 10 U.S.C. section 2613. A minimum of 500 miles per donation is required. Donated miles are not tax deductible. For additional details, visit .

American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AAdvantage and are marks of American Airlines, Inc. American Eagle is America’s regional airline affiliate. AmericanConnection is American’s airline associate. AmericanConnection service is operated by Trans States Airlines, Inc., Chautauqua Airlines, Inc., or Regional Airlines, Inc., each of which operates as an independent contractor. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage program with six months notice. American Airlines is not responsible for products and services offered by other participating companies. For complete details about the AAdvantage program, visit .

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