Catastrophic illnesses and serious injuries do not recognize rank, race, gender, religion, or economic status. They strike covertly, unexpectedly, often at the worst possible time, disrupting the lives of victims and their families. The resultant emotional, financial, psychological and physical stress can be devastating. Fortunately for those who are serving or have served in any branch of the Armed Forces, Fisher Houses are just a phone call away and ready to provide needed resources and support.
Fisher Houses provide a "home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and veteran medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. They offer lodging in a nurturing environment, help in reuniting families by providing free airline tickets, award scholarships for deserving children, and provide needed support. Fisher Houses have created a community beyond words -- houses are filled with love, hope, compassion and peace.
Fisher Houses are built with funds provided through public and private organizations and individual contributions from the American public. Major Daniel Gade, an injured soldier whose family spent 10 months at a Fisher House, spoke to the CharityWorks Advisory Board and said "having Fisher Houses built with private contributions means that Americans care about us and our sacrifices."
At Fisher Houses families can focus on the healing process. As founder, Zachary Fisher, said ". . . it is important to show in tangible ways, our feelings of appreciation for our country and the courageous, professional and dedicated men and women who protect and defend it, enabling the rest of us to enjoy freedom. . ."
Here is a chance for the rest of us to support our heroes and their families. Help service men and women begin the healing process with their families by their side. Anyone who has faced a serious illness knows that "a family's love is good medicine." Together, we will build a house on the grounds of the Veterans Medical Center in Washington DC.