By Express-News Editorial Board
March has been a good month for the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides a place to stay for the families of wounded warriors being treated at military and veterans facilities.
First, President Barack Obama announced that he was donating $250,000 to Fisher Houses from the $1.4 million he was awarded as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
“We had no idea this was coming,” said Kenneth Fisher, chairman of the board for the foundation. “I’m pleased, obviously, that the president chose us,” Fisher said, adding that he is “also pleased he chose a military-support group.”
And the foundation was one of three organizations that will receive donations from more than $900,000 raised at last weekend’s grand opening gala of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
Fisher said the funds raised in San Antonio for the foundation will be used for a planned Fisher House at the Audie Murphy VA polytrauma center. Foundation leaders are working to secure land for the house.
The organization deserves many more good months as it carries out its mission to provide much-needed comfort to families going through harshly difficult times because of a loved one’s sacrifices for American freedom.
Across the country, 45 Fisher Houses are in operation today, including four at Brooke Army Medical Center and three at Wilford Hall Medical Center.
The Fisher House Foundation serves a great cause: Providing assistance to the loved ones of wounded warriors who have sacrificed so much. The families do not have to pay to stay at a Fisher House.
Many warriors face lengthy rehabilitation and the huge stress of coping with life-altering injuries. They need their families to be nearby.
More information, including how to contribute, can be found at www.fisherhouse.org.
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