By Jorge Martinez
"Fisher House" was one of fifteen America Supports You grassroots organizations invited by President George W. Bush to a private meeting at the White House today to discuss the importance of their work, and to thank them for their support of the military at home and abroad.
The Fisher House is a Rockville, Maryland private-public partnership that supports America's military families in their time of need. The Fisher House Foundation constructs "comfort homes" on the grounds of major military and VA hospitals to house wounded service members' families. They also assist families in need and ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Serving more than 8,500 families annually, Fisher House has made more than two million days of lodging available to military family members since the program originated in 1990.
"It was an honor for me to be invited to the White House for this important meeting with President Bush," said Kenneth Fisher, Chairman of the organization's Board of Trustees. "He recognized how important our work on behalf of our men and women in uniform is, and that this nationwide support is critical to their morale."
America Supports You is a worldwide outreach program, launched by the Department of Defense, to recognize citizens' support for our military men and women and to communicate that support to members of our Armed Forces and their families at home and abroad. By communicating these local and national initiatives to our military members and their families, America Supports You helps boost the morale of men and women in uniform. This effort also provides Americans with a venue in which to show their support and appreciation to our Armed Forces and their families.
Messages of support are posted to the website, www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil, and shared with members of the military wherever they are stationed. Americans can register their activities of support on the site and learn ways they can join the team.
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