Why I am running a 49K!
Many of us have loved ones or even friends serving or who have served in the armed forces, hopefully they are able to eventually return to civilian life without injury. Some, unfortunately, aren't so lucky. Whether it be the result of combat or even a freak training accident, many sustain injuries that will forever change their lives. It is hard enough to have to spend weeks or even months in hospitals recovering from injuries, it is another thing having to do so alone. Being able to have loved ones around to provide support is often a vital part of recovery.
So, what happens if your family is living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and then you get that notification that your son, husband, or wife had been badly injured while on duty and is being treated in an out-of-state military hospital? Perhaps you can afford the plane ticket or drive to visit but having to finance a hotel room for multiple weeks is likely out of question. Enter Fisher House.
A Fisher House is “a home away from home” providing temporary lodging for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 76 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 32 VA medical centers. Families do not pay to stay at a Fisher House, some may even qualify for transportation assistance. What's more, the foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
You can help military and veterans families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it most, at a time of a medical crisis. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $407 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. To continue to be able to do so, they need our help and every dollar counts!
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 14 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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