Ariel view of Fisher House, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
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 medical treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. 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 $200 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House bedroom, VA Greater Los Angeles.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members. Fisher House also operates the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge.
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.
For more information, please visit www.fisherhouse.org.
Contributed by Military Living® Publications
Reprint from May–Jun 2014 • Volume 44, No. 3