News Release - 09-16-2015
Fisher House Foundation, which provides comfort homes for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers, is celebrating and commemorating 25 years of service to our military, Veterans and their families. The year-long commemoration will culminate in a Celebratory Gala in Washington, DC, Sept. 16, where Fisher House families, staff, and donors will be recognized and thanked.
“In 1990, the idea of giving military families a ‘home away from home,’ while their loved ones received medical care was only a dream,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “But my Uncle Zachary and Aunt Elizabeth Fisher saw a need, had a desire and made the vision come true.”
Today, there are 65 Fisher Houses across the country, in Germany and the United Kingdom. More than 250,000 families have been provided 5.8 million nights of lodging, saving them more than $282 million since the program began in 1990.
Additionally, Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles program has provided more than 58,000 airline tickets that allow families to help heal together. $15 million in scholarships have been given to military and Veteran family members and the Foundation has sponsored national and international wounded warrior athletic competitions to celebrate the return to health of disabled military and Veterans.
“The Fisher House program history is dedicated to those we are privileged to serve – our nation’s military, Veterans and their families. Our service to them is a credit on a ledger we can never balance. We owe them literally more than we can ever repay,” said Fisher. “But try we do. I remain humbled and awed every day by the generosity of those who have supported the Foundation. Because of their generosity, our military, Veterans and their families know the nation is there for them.
“If my Uncle Zach were here today,” Fisher continued, “he would urge us not to reflect too long on the accomplishments of the last 25 years, because our mission is far from over. We will be there for decades to come, hopefully with continued support from our partners and the American people.”
Fisher House Foundation is proud to partner with an illustrious group of individuals, organizations and corporations in its 25th Anniversary year.