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The Business Beat: Sunday, August 18


Steve Jones-D'Agostino

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In an encore of 'The Business Beat,' Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Jesus Pereira, founder of Vet Air. They talk about flying veterans in need of medical care.

This episode aired originally on November 12, 2017.

The 29-minute encore episode airs this Sunday at 10:00 p.m. (ET) and streams, using the Listen Live Online button, at WICN.org.

About this interview

Vet Air has taken flight in a meaningful way. Founded in 2015 in Holyoke, the charitable non-profit is committed to ensuring that veterans have the necessary travel solutions to and from their medical-care appointments - free of charge.

Vet Air does this by partnering with a network of volunteer pilots, aircraft owners, commercial aviators, and ground-transport providers dedicated to providing transportation to veterans. For example, Vet Air aims to transport a person from northern Massachusetts to Southern Connecticut in about 40 minutes. Vet Air has flown patients to destinations as far away as Florida.

Jesus Pereria, of Holyoke, is a veteran of the Army National Guard, having served a 10-month deployment to Kuwait. He was named Veteran of the Year in 2015 by the City of Holyoke. And, he has worked as the Town of Longmeadow’s veterans-services officer.

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