Just days after we recognized Fisher House Chairman Kenneth Fisher, here’s exciting news for the military and veteran community: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced 14 more Fisher Houses are on the way.
“Fisher House is simply one of those best-in-class organizations and we want to do everything that we can to support their important and noble mission,” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald said in a press release announcing its recommendation for new Fisher Houses around key VA medical sites. “Their goal is selfless: to serve the families of Veterans who served our nation.”
Fisher House Foundation President Dave Coker said he expects construction on the 14 to start as early as next year. The Fisher House Foundation has already built and donated 31 Fisher Houses to the VA and 40 Fisher Houses to the Department of Defense.
And it gets better. Fisher House also announced its launch of a free search tool to help troops, veterans and families find educational scholarships created for them – an estimated 3,000 of them!
In an interview with the Military Times, Kenneth Fisher says the search tool’s launch comes thanks to feedback from the military and veteran community. “We routinely received calls asking if we knew of any other financial resources available to help service members, veterans, and their families with college funding. We did the best we could to pass on information about other scholarship programs, but we came to recognize that we were only scratching the surface and needed to do more.”
Veterans Advantage originally honored Kenneth Fisher with its VetFamily Award in 2010, and once again last year, after the U.K.’s Prince Harry asked Kenneth to chair the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.