Fisher House “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers and so much more!
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.
These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $360 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Learn more about Fisher House Foundation Houses.
The Fisher House Foundation has reached a milestone of 75 Fisher Houses built. Fisher House serves up to 1,000 families a night, free of charge. Their homes are not only in the U.S., but also in the UK, Germany, and other countries where there is a VA hospital nearby.
Additional Fisher House Programs:
HERO MILES PROGRAM
The Hero Miles Program provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill service members and/or their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or who are attending an authorized event. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individual airline passengers.
Learn more about How To Donate Your Miles To The Hero Miles Program.
Learn more about The Hero Miles Program.
HOTELS FOR HEROES PROGRAM
The Hotels for Heroes program provides hotel rooms to the families of wounded, injured, and ill military service members who are undergoing treatment at authorized medical centers when a Fisher House is not available. Rooms are made possible through the donation of rewards points by the hotel's rewards members.
Learn more about How to Donate Hotel Points to Hotels for Heroes.
Learn more about Hotels for Heroes.
For 18 Years, Fisher House Foundation has provided scholarships to help military families, including the Scholarships for Military Children Program, the Heroes' Legacy Scholarship programs, and grants to the National Military Family Association's (NMFA) scholarship program for military spouses.
- Scholarships for Military Children Program-In partnership with the Defense Commissary Agency, a total of 700 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for school year 2017-18. There will be at least one recipient selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received, and additional recipients will be selected based on a prorate basis, so more applicants will be selected from those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants. The 2018 program is open! Submit your application to your commissary no later than February 16, 2018. Learn more and submit your application here!
- Heroes' Legacy Scholarship-The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%. The 2018 program is open! Submit your application online no later than Friday, March 16, 2018 at midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time). Learn more and submit your application here!
- Military Spouse Scholarships- Learn more about scholarships for military spouses on National Military Family Association.
- New Tool to Search for Military Related Scholarships-Customized search tool for finding funding for your educational goals.
Learn more about the impact Fisher House Foundation has on the military community through personal stories such as Will Reynolds.
Will Reynolds, a retired captain for the U.S. army, was injured in an IED explosion during his deployment in Iraq nearly 12 years ago. His injuries led to 26 surgeries and the eventual amputation of his left leg. Fisher House was proud to be there for him and his family throughout his recovery.
Reynolds was able to benefit from the Hero Miles program. He said, “Having family by my bedside was the biggest benefit in my healing process. Hero Miles relieved the financial burden of travel for my family going back and forth from their home to be at my bedside.”
To Fisher House it is important that family is near during recovery. The belief is that a family’s love is the best medicine.
During his rehabilitation with his family near, Reynolds, a collegiate athlete who competed in gymnastics at West Point found comfort in sports during his recovery. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, disabled veterans who participate in adaptive sports report benefits such as less stress, reduced dependency on pain and depression medication, fewer secondary medical conditions, higher achievement in education and employment, and more independence.
Reynolds excelled in sports post-recovery and competed in several Invictus Games. Invictus means ‘unconquered’ and the games seek to embody the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick military service members and veterans and what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury. Last year’s Invictus Games saw over 500 competitors from 15 nations. Reynolds won three bronze medals in the 2014 games and served as co-captain for the 2016 US Team. He is a great example of someone continuing to achieve their dreams despite a major setback and would provide a feel-good message to viewers.
Fisher House Foundation has had a huge impact on military members and families lives by providing them with comfort during difficult times. Will Reynolds is just one of thousands of stories on how the Fisher House has left an impact. If you would like to learn more about the Fisher House Foundation please visit their website or social media channels below. If you would like to GET INVOLVED in the Fisher House Foundation Mission please click here. Or, if you have interest in WAYS TO GIVE please click here.
Thank you Fisher House Foundation for all you do for military members & families it is an honor to share your mission with the military community!
~The MB Team