The Fisher House Foundation’s main goal is to make the lives of military families more comfortable, primarily by making any visits to medical centers worry free by assisting family and friends in visiting their loved ones during their treatment. They are also dedicated to a number of other schemes, all of which work towards the same goal of repaying service members for their hard work and sacrifice.
One of these efforts has been demonstrated recently. Thanks to donations from the Fisher House foundation, the wounded warriors participating in this year’s warrior games did so with the support of their families. The foundation gave every athlete participating in the games two round-trip airline tickets that they could gift to whoever they wanted so people could fly out and see them compete. This meant that, whilst competing, they could feel emboldened by the fact that their loved ones were on the sidelines cheering them on.
The Warrior Games are now held annually and this year was hosted at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The games are open to the public and entry is free so anyone can attend the event. This year it took place from the 11th of May to the 16th and two hundred and fifty five wounded warriors from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations, and the U.K took part. It is four years since the first installment was held.
On top of the donation made, the foundation also partnered with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Armed Forces Financial Network, America’s Fund, Hope for the Warriors, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, Operation Homefront, and the USO Warrior and Family Care to form an all-inclusive Family Program. This work allowed families to stay with their loved ones and encourage them during their recovery.
The Hero Miles program branch of the Fisher House foundation has made it possible for some attending members to make it to the Warrior Games and also for family to be there to watch their loved ones enjoying sport and showcasing the abilities they still have. This program involves passengers on various airlines that the foundation is partnered with donating their frequent flyer miles, and these miles are then used to transport wounded and injured service men and women and their families. One of the most heart-warming aspects of the competition is that it shows what these wounded service men and women are still capable of instead of focusing on their disabilities or injuries.
The Fisher House foundation continues to make extensive efforts to reunite military members with their loved ones during their time of need and is attracting ever-growing recognition and support for its actions. Their work in helping families be there to witness members participation in the Warrior Games showcases the practical ways in which they are helping people and may help inspire more people to get on board with the work the foundation does and to try and help out in any way they can.
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