American Legion's Decades of Support

By: Ken Fisher
March 14, 2018

The Fisher House program began more than 25 years ago, to support military, veterans and their families during a medical crisis. Since the beginning, the American Legion has stood steadfast in its support for Fisher House. From car washes and bluegrass music jams to yearly “Freedom Rides for Fisher House,” the Legion has raised millions of dollars for the Foundation and individual houses.

It’s not just money the Legion has given, it’s literally thousands of hours of volunteer time cooking meals for the families, planting, hosting bingo and other games to give families respite from the hospital. 

Fisher House works not because of the bricks and mortar of the buildings, it’s the staff and volunteers of the Fisher House program, the communities in which we operate, and our donors, who are the lifeblood of our organization and its many initiatives. 

The American Legion is at the top when it comes to providing both volunteer and financial support. In every Fisher House there is a bronze plaque recognizing significant donors that is placed in the entrance way.  The American Legion is on more plaques than any other organization.

For some homes, like the Pittsburgh Fisher House, The American Legion Department of Pennsylvania was the largest donor, giving $225,000.  Working with The American Legion Auxiliary and The Sons of The American Legion they spent more than two years raising money, and the people of Pennsylvania stepped up to meet the challenge.

Over the past quarter decade, there have been car washes, poker runs, yellow ribbon fests, weekly raffles, bingo games, Mardi Gras t-shirt sales, and the list goes on and on. The Legion, along with the Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders went out and talked about Fisher House and made connections with people.  And those people made connections with someone else. It’s a domino effect. People want to be a part of the common good — supporting our nation’s military, veterans and their families.

Nearly 100 years old, The American Legion has been an advocate for America’s veterans, a friend of the US military, a sponsor of community-based programs for young people and a spokesman for patriotic values.  Nearly 2.8 million members make it the nation’s largest veterans group, with about 15,000 local posts in most communities and six foreign countries. 

And Fisher House Foundation couldn’t be prouder to call The American Legion a partner.

I hope our partnership with The American Legion continues into other states because as a Legionnaire, we are the voice for our nation’s veterans. That’s what The American Legion does — they advocate, they tell our story, and they remind the American people that we’re here, we are veterans."

The American Legion, a wartime veterans’ organization, was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans’ affairs, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities. The American Legion has been an advocate for America’s veterans, a friend of the U.S. military, a sponsor of community-based programs for young people and a spokesman for patriotic values.

Nearly 2.8 million members make it the nation’s largest veterans group, with about 15,000 local “posts” in most communities and six foreign countries.