Fayette Legion raising money for Fisher House 11.05.08

Written by David Green.

The Fisher House under construction at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton is well underway, but funds are still needed to complete the project and furnish the house.

Fayette’s American Legion Auxiliary will join the fund-raising effort Sunday with a special Veterans Day Dinner.

Nearly 40 Fisher House projects are in operation in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Germany, with four additional homes under construction and nine more planned. Another six are on the drawing board for 2009.

Each house offers free lodging to family members of an injured U.S. soldier who is hospitalized at a medical base or VA medical hospital.

Following the slogan “A family’s love is good medicine,” each home provides a kitchen, laundry facilities and living space, including toys for children.

Since the first Fisher House was dedicated in 1990, an estimated 100,000 families have been served by the non-profit organization. Last year alone, families saved more than $10 million in lodging, food and transportation costs.

An accompanying program called Hero Miles accepts donations of frequent flyer miles for military families to use when traveling to a Fisher House location.

Fayette’s Legion Auxiliary will be joined by the Legion and Sons of the Legion in organizing the dinner for veterans and their family members. The meal will be served at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Post.

A program about the Fisher House organization will be presented and donations will be accepted. Profits from the dinner will also go the Dayton Fisher House project.

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