Mission: Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.
These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $235 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
Results: Families served: More than 220,000
Number of lodging days offered: Over 5.2 million
7,000 students have received $11,000,000 in scholarship awards
Over 50,000 airline tickets provided by Hero Miles to service members and their families, worth nearly $73 million
Target demographics: provide temporary lodging for loved ones of those getting care at the hospital
Direct beneficiaries per year: 22,000 military and Veterans families
Geographic areas served: military and VA hospitals
Programs: Hero Miles, Hotels for Heroes, Scholarships for Military Children, Scholarship, Heroes' Legacy Scholarship, Newman's Own Award
This charity's numbers look great until you look at the salary of its leader. Four hundred thousand a year for running a charity is almost oxymoronic. I'll find one whose leadership isn't so highly paid.
I am a staff member of the Veterans Administration with a Fisher House on our grounds. A service needed for so many families of the increasing number of seriously injured and damaged veterans. I was stunned to see the salary of the President of Fisher House. The Secretary of Veteran Affairs, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and so on.....could not add their salaries together to reach this amount. I will continue to support the families in many ways, but will not contribute any more money after learning about the over $400,000 salary.