Why Sponsor Aviation Training?
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.
Childhood Dreams Meet Reality Who is Ben Bashinski? The answer may not be a simple one and it rarely ever is. We’ll start with Ben’s childhood as it paints a clear picture of the present. Ben often could be found in the co-pilot seat next to his father. He seemed to drift back into the[…]
U.S. Citizenship Takes Flight Who is Emmanuel Danso? If you were to tell a young man living in Ghana, West Africa that he would be a pilot one day in the United States, he would have thought you were crazy. Today we stand here watching Emannuel Danso, a man who took up his cause to[…]
A Special Kind of Flight Who is Josh Urban Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Josh Urban is a man of experience and his is unlike many others. The few men and women who join the ranks of the Armed Forces have a connection, unlike many others and Josh’s story attests to this very fact. Josh[…]
From the Sea to the Air Who is Kenneth Morris Kenneth Morris is a veteran who was born in Houston and currently resides in Denton, Texas. This story is not like many others, but many others may relate. If you happen to catch Kenneth thinking about his time in the Navy, you may hear him[…]
Congratulations to our winner, Robert Bingham. Thanks to everyone who donated. Our raffle is now closed.
Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at MYGOFLIGHT we are giving away a Flight Bag Pro PLC from MYGOFLIGHT to our donors. This bag has a retail value of $249.[…]
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Letter from the President
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)