In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day at the conclusion of what was then considered the greatest war the world had ever witnessed. Almost 100 years later, we continue to recognize and honor our nation’s veterans every November by reflecting on the sacrifices that they’ve made four our country. In honor of this tradition, TruWest® Credit Union is proud to once again be teaming up with Fisher House Foundation to help raise money and support for our nation’s men and women in uniform, veterans and their families.
Since its inception in 1990, Fisher House Foundation has provided a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and veterans’ affairs medical centers. The foundation supports families by providing no-charge lodging within close proximity to the medical centers.
In its 27 years of existence, Fisher House Foundation has successfully supported the families of those who serve our country by maintaining 72 houses located throughout the nation. The organization has served more than 305,000 families while saving them over $360 million in expenses. The story of Doc Moss (below) is just one of the numerous ways that Fisher House Foundation can make a difference in the lives of those affiliated with our military:
The Story of Doc Moss
The Moss’ never forgot that experience – and the physical, mental, and emotional toll it took on both of them.
In 2012, Doc TOOK ACTION by spearheading the fundraising campaign to build a Fisher House at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas, raising more than $3M in record-breaking time.
Here’s why . . .
Master Sergeant “Doc” Moss was an ammo specialist in the Air Force who built bombs for a living. He was a “tough guy in the military where the mission always came first.” In 1994, Doc suffered a critical back injury in the line of duty that brought this ‘tough guy’ to his knees. Doc was medevac’d to a major military medical center for specialized care after local doctors failed to diagnose the cause of his paralyzing pain.
His wife Maria was frightened for herself and for Doc – she was new to this country and spoke little English, her new husband was undergoing emergency surgery for a debilitating injury, she was hours away from home, and she was sleeping in her car in the hospital parking lot.
Maria felt alone and afraid; Doc felt he had failed his new wife.
Had there been a Fisher House at that hospital, the experience would have been vastly different. Maria would have had a comfortable place to stay, staff and volunteers to help her navigate the hospital system, and other guests to comfort her in this very scary situation.
Would you like to follow in the Moss’ footsteps and do more than say, “Thanks for your service” to military families?
Donate with Confidence – Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 13 years in a row and an ‘A+’ rating from CharityWatch /American Institute of Philanthropy.