FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN & ceo to receive
‘distinguished civilian service award’ from department of defense
Fisher House Homes Have Provided Care for More Than 160,000 Military Families
Rockville, MD & New York, NY (February 16, 2012) – Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, which constructs comfort homes to provide free, temporary housing to the families of service members receiving medical care at Veterans Affairs and military hospitals around the world, will receive the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest civilian award given by the United States Department of Defense at a special ceremony in Anchorage, AK on February 16, one day before Fisher House dedicates its newest facility at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
“I am deeply humbled by this honor and am thankful to the Department of Defense for recognizing the impact that the Fisher House program has had on more than 160,000 military families in the last 20 years,” said Mr. Fisher. “As proud as I am of our work, it still pales in comparison to the dedication, commitment and sacrifice our military and their families demonstrate each day. They are the true heroes.”
The award is presented to those whose career has impacted the Department of Defense through extraordinary and prestigious contributions on a broad scope. Mr. Fisher is recognized for his leadership, dedication and vision of ensuring service members and their families the best care possible when receiving medical treatment.
“The Fisher House Foundation, under Ken Fisher's leadership, has served thousands of families of military personnel and veterans through its comfort homes and related programs,” said General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. “Ken's efforts to support those who bravely defend our Nation and their families are truly remarkable, and he is most deserving of this prestigious honor."
In addition to serving as Chairman & CEO of Fisher House, Ken Fisher is a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, the prestigious real estate firm based in New York City. Ken continues a proud family tradition as part of the Fisher Brothers third generation of leadership, overseeing the leasing, management and marketing of more than 6 million square feet of class-A commercial space in Midtown Manhattan covering the Park, Sixth and Third Avenue corridors. In addition to his responsibilities at Fisher Brothers, Ken is a member of the executive committee of the City Investment Fund, a $770 million dollar investment vehicle co-sponsored by Fisher Brothers and Morgan Stanley, designed to pursue strategic real estate investments exclusively within the five boroughs of New York City.
He is a member of the executive committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, Board of Governors and is a member of the Washington D.C.-based Real Estate Round Table. In 2009, the Association of the United States Army awarded Ken its highest honor, the George C. Marshall Medal. In 2007, George W. Bush appointed Ken to the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, which conducted a comprehensive review of the care provided to soldiers who return from the battlefield. Ken has received a Public Awareness Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. In 2005, the Honorable Francis J. Harvey presented Ken with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest honorary award the Secretary of the Army may grant to a private citizen. In 2004, the Honorable Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, presented Ken with The Secretary’s Award, the highest honor bestowed on individuals or organizations by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ken has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and has received the Arts & Entertainment television network’s prestigious Lives That Make a Difference Award.
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