VFW Recognizes Fisher House Foundation Chairman with its Citizen Award

July 23, 2019

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), one of the nations’ largest and most prestigious veterans’ organizations, recently presented Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, with their 2019 Citizenship Award at the VFW’s 120th National Convention in Orlando. 

The award is presented annually to an individual or organization for outstanding service contributing to American citizenship.  It recognizes significant contributions to the spirit of service and dedication to the nation that inspires us all to display better citizenship, according to a letter from Vincent “B.J.” Lawrence, Commander-in-Chief of the VFW.

“Receiving this award is not so much a validation of the work I have done over the last 20 plus years, rather it is a validation of the mission of Fisher House Foundation itself,” said Ken Fisher.  “For too long the plight of the military family has been unrecognized—the sacrifices, the burdens, the stress of uncertainty—especially when their loved one becomes injured or ill. This award is an indication the attitude is changing. Americans are learning to appreciate and care about military families.”

Ken Fisher went on to say that behind so many of the 84 Fisher Houses across the nation is a VFW post supporting the Fisher House and the families who call it home.  VFW fundraising efforts have contributed to more than $1 million to support Fisher Houses across the nation and contributed directly to the construction of five homes. The partnership will be further enhanced when the Foundation breaks ground on a new Fisher House in Kansas City, home of the VFW, in spring 2020.   

Speaking to an audience of more than 4,000 people, Ken Fisher closed his presentation by saying, “Few in this country will ever come to know the true depth and meaning of service – even fewer will ever know what goes on behind the person who wears that uniform – that the entire family serves as well.  My wife Tammy and I will continue the mission, whether providing scholarships, travel or by offering a haven for families in their time of need.  We will continue to speak out on behalf of our military, veterans and their families, because no matter how many times they are thanked for their service, we at Fisher House know that will never be enough.”