Helping Veterans get a start in aviation

Why Sponsor Aviation Training?

Together we can simultaneously increase the pilot population and help Veterans in need.


Stripes to Bars is a 501(c)(3) public charity that enables qualified veterans to earn Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates. In doing so, we assist those Veterans transition from military to civilian life, while increasing the pilot population.


Servicemembers frequently describe feeling lost during the transition from military to civilian life. Aviation can provide the necessary challenge and structure during this frequently difficult time.


Previous generations heavily relied on retired and separated Veterans to fill professional pilot positions. Stripes to Bars aims to help Veterans make this transition by providing financial scholarships and mentorship.


The media is full of stories highlighting the US and worldwide pilot shortage that is a result of increasing air travel and the retirement of large numbers of professional pilots. Stripes to Bars is committed to enabling our Veterans to fill this gap in both the private and professional pilot population.

Big News

Letter from the President

90% of donated funds directly create aviation scholarships

Thank you for supporting Stripes to Bars. We are a dedicated, diverse and all-volunteer team. We are lucky to have active duty and retired National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers in addition to aviation professionals, financial managers and devoted family members as part of our organization. We are excited to use 90% of donated funds to create aviation scholarships for eligible Veterans, in an effort to smooth their transition to civilian life while simultaneously working to increasing the civilian pilot population.
- Clayton Horney (President)

Our Team

Military experts, business leaders, and passionate people
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Clayton Horney

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Joseph McCarthy

Vice President
Chair of Finance
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David Hill

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Carrie Horney

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Marc Esposito

Chair of Marketing / Fund Raising
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Lance Ward

Chair of Flight Schools
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Ian Schuler

Legal Advisor
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Will Pickeral

Technology Advisor
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Andrew Elmore

Fundraising Advisor
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Susan Walker

Advisory Board
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Craig Thighe

Support Staff
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Jason Coley

Support Staff

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