May 26, 2013

Honoring Memorial Day

On this Memorial Weekend we celebrate many things, including the unofficial official kickoff to the summer travel season.

We also take the time this weekend to honor those brave men and women who put their own lives on the line to protect ours. On behalf of our 15,000 crewmembers, we salute you.

Learn more about our support of those who serve.

Learn more about Memorial Day

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January 27, 2013

We supported Team Rubicon in Sandy relief

A few months ago, we provided travel for Team Rubicon, a national organization of military veterans and first responders who provide relief during crises. Team Rubican recently put together a summary of their Sandy relief efforts and we’re highlighted for providing more than 150 free flights for Team Rubicon volunteers.

The organization was founded in 2010 and volunteers have been deployed to all over the world, as well as locally in Vermont, Marlyand, Missouri, and Alabama. Part disaster relief, part veteran-focused, this unique group’s mission is to help returning service members find a place in society by helping those in need.

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January 7, 2013

A Rusty Air Traveler Practices

The following letter was written to use on behalf on Mr. Walsh, a Navy veteran who returns to air travel for the first time in years after the passing of his wife:

William and Bette Walsh, both Navy veterans, married, eventually had five kids, and spent the rest of their lives living the “American Dream” and working very hard along the way.  Mr. & Mrs. Walsh were blessed to enjoy family vacations together going to the Cape visiting family and friends, not to mention traveling all over to enjoy their life’s hard work.

Cut to Mrs. Walsh getting sick, very very sick.  After the kids were grown while Mr. & Mrs. Walsh were ready to embark on what should have been their “happiest times.”

Mr. Walsh never wavered.  The man NEVER complained.  Never did the “poor me, pity me, I have to care for my wife who is gravely, chronically ill”.  He took his love and his vows to heart; unlike most; and NEVER let her feel for one moment she wasn’t STILL the beautiful Navy bride he fell in love with and cared for.  A prince among men.

After a long and hard struggle, Mrs. Walsh recently passed on.  With her kids by her side, with her steadfast, healthy husband, by her side.  She was surrounded by love and left this world knowing she was loved.  Most of all, by Mr. William Walsh.  The love of her life and the father of her five children.

They would have been married 59 years this year.  Mr. Walsh is mourning the loss of his love, Mrs. Walsh, at the same time attempting his celebrating the new beginnings in his family’s life.  And he’s not familiar with the “ways of the world” these days.  Having not traveled for so many years while caring for his sick wife.

Despite the fact that Mr. Walsh had not traveled in many, many, many years and was unaware of all the TSA requirements and “new” traveling requirements, he was persuaded to accept an invitation to travel.  Here’s where your wonderful staff come in to play……

Mr. Walsh, feeling unsure and uncomfortable about the “new” traveling requirements, while being a healthy man in his late 70′s, he took it upon himself to do a “trial run” by driving up from Vero Beach, Florida to Orlando, Florida.  Your agent, upon hearing Mr. Walsh’s explanation, took it upon themselves to “walk” him through the entire process.  From the check-in, to the TSA, to EVERY aspect he might feel uncomfortable about.  Your agent went above and beyond to “hear” his concerns and “feel” the need for compassion.  I was FLOORED.  You only hear about the “bad” experiences people have, right?  Well, I was moved to tears at the compassion my best friend’s father was given.  He deserved it; he needed it; he appreciated it.  Plain and simple.  Thank you.

I want to help my best friend’s dad, my friend, know that he matters and his love and compassion is shared by a “huge” company such as JetBlue.  And, at the same time I want to say “thank you” for being so benevolent via having your employees be so compassionate to a grieving man embark on his life’s last endeavors.  Thank you.

Respectfully,
Deby  

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July 1, 2012

Presenting the JFK Blue Network Color Guard

The JFK Blue Network Color Guard was formed just last month and is comprised of seven of our crewmembers who work at our home at New York’s JFK who either have served or currently serve in the military. These crewmembers come together on national days of observance, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day to pay tribute to those who serve our country and demonstrate their passion for the military.

This past Memorial Day was the first ever tribute for the group, who gathered at our terminal at JFK T5 to salute those who died in military service. Keep a lookout for JFK Blue Network Color Guard on July 4!

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May 9, 2012

May is National Military Appreciation Month

Image courtesy of eyeonthesky on Flickr

We recognize May as National Military Appreciation Month and extend a heartfelt thank you to the countless crewmembers, customers, and others who are current and former service members.

The idea for National Military Appreciation Month was created by a group of volunteers who wanted to build public patriotism, awareness, and support for our troops and veterans. Why May? There are already a few military-related holidays during the month (e.g. Loyalty Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Memorial Day, etc.). In 1999, Congress made it official and designated May as National Military Appreciation Month.

Thank you for your service and for helping keep our country safe!

Learn more about National Military Appreciation Month

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February 19, 2012

JetBlue Ready Team Creates Valentines For Soldiers


To show a little love for our country’s veterans this Valentine’s Day, our Ready Team, made up of JetBlue crewmembers who volunteer to work with the American Red Cross in its response to major disasters, hosted two “Create Cards for Soldiers” events. Crewmembers came together to create more than 500 Valentine’s Day cards and sweet treats! The team sent the finished products to the United War Veterans’ Council, which hand-delivered them to West Point, local VA hospitals throughout New York, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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December 11, 2011

Ready Team Receives Recognition For Volunteer Efforts


It’s been an exciting year for our JetBlue Ready Team, supporting numerous volunteer efforts and making deployments across the country to help those in need. In June, the team had its first national deployment to Bismarck (a city we do not fly to), in order to support residents who were forced to flee from their homes during the Missouri River Basin elevation. In September, the team deployed again to Binghamton following Tropical Storm Irene.

Their local volunteer efforts include the American Red Cross Metro Area Drill; September 11 Memorial; ING NYC Marathon; Veterans Day parade. The team has grown to nearly 500 crewmembers, composed of volunteers from all over our network.

On December 1, the American Red Cross in Greater New York presented us with the “Corporate Community Partnership Award”! Congratulations to our Ready Team and thanks for all that you do to help those in need!

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September 9, 2011

Honoring September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

This weekend marks the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. This day is especially close to the hearts and minds of all of us at JetBlue and those in the airline industry as we humbly pay tribute to the victims and heroes from that ill-fated day a decade ago. We take this time to honor our service men and women who worked on that day and in the days and years that followed to rescue and protect our country and our people.

Two years ago, in order to create a respectful way to honor those men and women who lost their lives because of 9/11, President Obama declared September 11th the National Day of Service and Remembrance. All are encouraged to use this opportunity to volunteer in their local communities, including collecting donations, assembling care packages or writing letter to veterans, soldiers, or first responders.

We’re participating in the National Day of Service by encouraging our Crewmembers to get out and volunteer with one of the several organizations that we partner with in our ongoing community outreach, including the Wounded Warrior Project, a group that works to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in this nation’s history. Learn more about some of the work that we’ve done with the Wounded Warrior Project.

Check out the below tools from the Corporation for National & Community Service to support a cause that’s of interest to you:

We can’t change the unfortunate events of our past, but we can start today on a better tomorrow.

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August 15, 2011

Team VetBlue Takes Home The Gold!

Images courtesy of JetBlue Crewmember Tekla

Team VetBlue took home the gold in this weekend’s Pull for Wounded Warriors at the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show. Our men in Blue pulled one of our A320 planes with the fastest time, leaving the competition in their dust. The real winners, though, were the Wounded Warriors Project and the veterans that will benefit from the funds raise. The aircraft pull contest raised more than $60,000 dollars for our wounded warriors!

Check out this cool video taken from inside the cockpit as Team VetBlue pulls the plane and then finds out they are the winners!

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August 6, 2011

Team VetBlue To Pull A Plane For Charity

A team of Boston Crewmembers has assembled as Team VetBlue to participate in the Pull for Wounded Warriors at the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show on August 13. Their mission? To pull one of our A320 aircraft. No small task, but the cause is worth the effort.

This plane pull supports the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire (BIANH), and the team chose their name in honor of the veterans that the BIANH supports. However, the participants include both veterans and non-veterans.

To learn more about the team or donate to their cause, visit the VetBlue Team fundraising site.

Thank you to VetBlue Team Captain Ken, the members of the team and everyone who has contributed for supporting this worthy cause! Watch BlueTales for a full event recap following the pull.

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