TruWest Credit Union’s Veterans’ Day Fisher House Foundation Fundraiser
On Veterans’ Day each year, we take the time to remember those who have fought to protect our nation’s citizens and their rights. TruWest® Credit Union is proud to be teaming up with Fisher House Foundation to help raise money and support for our nation’s men and women in the military, 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 28 years of existence, Fisher House Foundation has successfully supported the families of those who serve our country by maintaining 76 houses located throughout the nation. The organization has served more than 335,000 families while saving them over $407 million in expenses. The story of Heather Carter (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:
Heather Carter’s Fisher House Story
Senior Airman Heather Carter was looking forward to a long military career when disaster struck. Injured in a freak accident, Heather’s left leg was badly shattered, and her life was changed forever.
In her words: “I had been such an extrovert; I loved sports and loved life. Then the accident, and my life changed overnight, and so did I. The chronic pain forced me to isolate. I became a hermit. I was hooked on meds. Depression became rampant. And yes, I thought heavily about suicide.”
After 14 grueling surgeries over four years, Heather and her doctors made the tough decision to amputate her leg. Her mom, Vicky Carter, quit her job to be at her daughter’s side, and took on the role of caretaker and advocate during Heather’s rehabilitation process. They stayed at Fisher House for more than a year.
Describing her time at Fisher House, Vicky said “In your darkest hours, when you think you have nowhere to turn, Fisher House offers a glimmer of hope. It was like a hand reaching down and pulling you up. You knew it was going to be okay.”
Help our military, like Heather, and their families by making a donation today to the Fisher House Foundation.