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On Independence Day, each year, it is our duty as members of the United States of America to take the time to remember those who have fought to protect our nation’s citizens and their rights. In light of that, 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.
Starting on June 26th, TruWest will begin collecting tax-deductible donations both online by debit or credit card and by cash or check at all of its branches.
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:
Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Doc Moss and his wife Maria never wanted anyone to experience what they had to go through – a family member sleeping in a car while their loved one was being treated at a military medical center far from home. The Mosses never forgot the physical, mental, and emotional toll that the experience took on both of them.
Soon after, 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.
MSgt “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 the “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.