Fisher House Foundation builds 16 to 21-suite comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world. There are currently more than 90 homes part of the Fisher House network.
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.
In the Fall of 2019, the Gaspar Family of five was settling in their new home in Kadena Air Base, Japan when mother, Kimberly, began feeling tired and worn out. After some tests, the family learned that she had a very rare brain tumor.
The Gaspars were relocated to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in February where Kimberly would undergo five months of treatment. During this time, they stayed at Fisher House.
“Being here at the Fisher House was great because we could just walk to the hospital.” said her husband, Air Force Maj. Ian Gaspar. “She had multiple appointments every week with physical training, speech therapy, and working on her vestibular and cognitive abilities.”
Fisher House takes a way the financial burdens associated with a medical crisis so that families can heal together. Fisher House Foundation believes that a Family's Love is the Best Medicine.