Members of the military courageously volunteer to serve the United States. The sacrifices include spending time away from their families and getting sent to war zones. Unfortunately, military personnel can get injured while serving. Veteran organizations exist to help provide assistance to the vets and their families. The services range from medical care to financial assistance for families.
Fisher House Foundation
Injured military members often have to travel for specialized medical care. The Fisher House Foundation provides houses—or “comfort homes”— for family members of patients on the grounds of VA medical centers and military installations at no cost. The houses provide up to 21 suites and can hold between 16 to 42 family members, which can be a great relief for families to be near each other during stressful times. A Fisher House contains a dining room, kitchen, laundry facilities and a living room with a library and toys for kids. The foundation was established in 1990 when real estate developer Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth M. Fisher gave more than $20 million for the construction of homes.
Fisher House Foundation 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850-5168 (888) 294-8560 fisherhouse.org
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
The fund has given more than $65 million to families of military members lost in service and for severely wounded veterans and military personnel, according to the organization. The fund has provided grants to spouses and children of military members and built a $45-million, top-notch physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. On June 5, 2008, ground was broken on a 72,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the Navy campus at Bethesda, Maryland. It’s intended to be a facility for the research, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health issues. The fund began in 2000 as part of the Intrepid Museum Foundation. In 2003, it was established as an independent organization.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund One Intrepid Square West 46th Street and 12th Ave New York, NY 10036 (800) 340-4376 fallenheroesfund.org/Home.aspx
The Armed Services YMCA
The organization, which works with the Department of Defense, gives support services to military service personnel and their families. The focus is on helping junior-enlisted members with programs, including childcare, food services, hospital assistance and spouse support services. The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) has 16 branch locations, nine affiliated community YMCAs and six Department of Defense/Department of Homeland Security affiliates worldwide. The organization began during the Civil War when YMCA members provided volunteer relief to American Armed Forces.
The Armed Services YMCA 6359 Walker Lane, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22310 (703) 313-9600 asymca.org/Default.aspx