Our mission is to honor our veteran’s one flight at a time. It is our way of expressing our thanks for their selfless efforts. To ensure they know their value to us by providing to them a memorable flight experience specifically tailored to their life experiences while taking into account their current health condition and any other important factors. Ultimately it is our way of expressing our sincere thanks.

Elevate our Vets is a Meridian Idaho grass roots effort that takes veterans up for a flight to express our thanks.

EOV is “paying it forward one flight at a time”. Veterans of any branch are eligible, and you can nominate a deserving recipient through our website.  The Veteran gets to fly, receives a “Go-Pro” video of the experience, and in addition we provide a custom military wrist band signifying our appreciation of their service. This is a terrific opportunity to literally “lift our vets” in a flight of gratitude to these veterans for their honorable service rendered to our country.

We are a non-profit fully compliant 501C-3 with the goal and mission of paying it forward to our veterans by providing a fun flight free of charge as our way of saying thank you!!! We are completely volunteer with 100% of the donations going into funding for veteran flights.

Scotty Crandlemire started EOV as a home grown effort using only what was available to him. 

With occasional assistance from close friends he has been able to grow EOV to it's current state. We are working hard to get to a point where we can provide flights throughout the area on a regular basis.

Please see the Lee Roberson Story in:

Elavate Our Vets was recently featured in the Idaho Statesman.  Our thanks goes out to John Sowell for highlighting this great service provided to our veterans. 

Please click below to read the full article today!

Lee Roberson got a thrill last week when he flew over his childhood home in Wilder.

Roberson, 61, a former helicopter pilot for the U.S. Air Force, hadn’t been up in a private plane for at least 10 years. He hadn’t flown by himself for two decades since losing his pilot’s license due to a disability that left him confined to a wheelchair. He resides at the Idaho State Veterans Home, 320 Collins Road in Boise.

“My dad loved to fly and losing his pilot’s license to his disability was really tough for him,” daughter Chelsea Tuttle said. “Having the opportunity to not just go up in a plane again, but to take over the controls and fly over his home — where he used to do flyovers when he was stationed at Mountain Home — was absolutely priceless.”

Recent Participants

Garrett Acuff

93 year old WWII VET

James Anthony Alger

Born 3-24-1949 Passed 3-11-2016

“It was a BIG surprise!  I was asked because being terminal with cancer, was there anything I wanted to do. I said I wanted to fly but never thought this would come true.  In the surprise, they (the VA and his case worker Will Mello) just got me out of my room and took me for a ride, next thing was… Surprise, we were at the airport.  After getting all loaded up, off we went.  Scotty gave me the controls and I got to fly!”

“For those who have never flown, it is the most freeing feeling in your life.  Nothing compares to the freedom of being away from the earth and just enjoying being there.  You can’t describe it, you just have to be there”

I really, really, appreciated it.  And I think the other Vets will as well.  The idea of being up there, and being able to go, would be a BIG, BIG happy thing to the guys (our Vets).  You will have a really BIG line….  Pick me, pick me!!!”

Lee Roberson

Roberson, who was initially stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, retired in 1997 after 20 years of service. He was a lieutenant colonel when a medical discharge ended his career. He had also served at Elgin AFB in Florida; Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan; Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque, N.M.; and McClellan AFB in Sacramento, Calif.

He flew Huey and Blackhawk helicopters during more than 35 missions, Tuttle said. He was licensed as a commercial helicopter pilot for both visual conditions and using instrument panels. He was also licensed as a private pilot for single-engine airplanes.

His parents, Alvin and Alice Roberson, still live in the home where Roberson grew up in Wilder. His mother came outside and waved when the plane carrying her son flew overhead.

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