Fisher House Foundation, which constructs comfort homes to provide free, temporary housing to the families of service members receiving medical care at VA and military hospitals around the world, today announced its Hero Miles program, only seven years old, supplied 5,340 airline tickets to military families in 2011, an increase of 91% over the previous year. The tickets were valued at more than $7.8 million, a direct savings to the families of our military wounded or killed in the course of serving our country.
“The growth of this program is simply astonishing,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman & CEO of Fisher House. “We’re proud to have been able to help these families in a time of great need and alleviate what may have been a huge financial burden for them. These tickets took families across the country and around the world at a critical time in their lives. Our only hope is that one day we won’t need this program anymore, because the families won’t need it.”
The Hero Miles program was started in 2004, and provides military members, their family and/or friends with complimentary round-trip airfare, sending them to the bedside of our injured service members recovering at a military medical health care facility or Veterans Affairs medical center. Fisher House Foundation has partnered with the following airlines: AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and U.S. Airways.
The program distributed 2,651 tickets in 2008; 2,783 tickets in 2009; 2,800 tickets in 2010; and 5,349 tickets in 2011, which represents a 91% increase from 2010 to 2011.
A video on the impact of the program is here: http://tiny.cc/dqegp.
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About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.
Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $182 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members. To date, Hero Miles has provided over 26,000 airline tickets to our military and their families. 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
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