Making a Difference One Flight at a Time

Injury Board member Jerry Trachtman has a great passion for flying and volunteering in his community. It’s for these reasons that he’s featured in the November 2012 issue of Spacecoast Living magazine.

In the feature, Melbourne, Fla.-based Trachtman discusses his longstanding relationship with Angel Flight Southeast, a nonprofit that provides free air transportation to medical facilities for individuals who need it the most.

With Angel Flight Southeast for 20+ years, Trachtman pilots and uses his own plane, fuel and time to help transport individuals who are injured and/or dealing with health issues.

“My heart has always gone out to those who have to deal with injuries or health issues that make it difficult to do the day-to-day things we take for granted,” he tells the magazine.

Trachtman says it’s the unexpected moments that truly make his work worthwhile.

“I flew a little autistic boy, 4 or 5 years old, and his parents from Melbourne [Florida] — where he was receiving treatment at the Scott Center for Autism — back home to South Carolina,” recalls Trachtman, owner of Jerry H. Trachtman, P.A. “Throughout the flight, he was quiet and hardly moved. After we landed, he surprised everyone when he literally jumped up on me, gave me a big hug and said he loved me. I’ll never forget that.”

Along with being a volunteer for Angel Flight Southeast, Trachtman also serves his community by volunteering with the Jewish Federation of Brevard and the International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS. He also flies for the Veterans Airlift Command, which transports wounded soldiers.

For more information on Angel Flight Southeast, please contact Jerry Trachtman or visit angelflightse.org.

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