I was the local guardian for the son of my colleague, Abhishek, who was undergoing pilot training in Florida. On the 24th of January 2021, he met with an unfortunate accident in which his plane crashed into the sea. His body was found the next day still strapped into his seat in the crash site underwater. The parent’s desire was to fly Abshishek’s body back to India so that they are able to say their final goodbyes and to cremate him in his ancestral village in Hariyana. I was introduced to TEAM Aid by one of the members of the Atlanta Consulate. From the first introduction to the successful repatriation of Abhishek’s body back to India, TEAM Aid coordinators are extremely helpful and responsive throughout the entire process. It is hard to elucidate in simple words the kind of support they provided during one of the most stressful times for the family. The professionalism and empathy displayed by the entire team throughout the process were unparalleled by any other organization that I have experienced in my entire life.
I, on the behalf of the family of the deceased pilot, want to convey my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the entire TEAM Aid organization for providing such a valuable service.
–Saravana Pat Bhava