Military servicemembers and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care. Fisher House provides family members of veterans and active duty servicemembers with a place to stay while their loved ones receive medical treatment. The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that donates “comfort homes” on or near the grounds of most major military or VA medical centers. These homes are given to the U.S. Government as gifts and are operated by the military service secretaries and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
There is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Fisher House may construct housing at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury, MA and currently has comfort homes located at every major military medical facility, including Landstuhl, Germany where many OEF/OIF veterans are treated.
For more information, including a list of existing locations, visit the Fisher House website at: www.fisherhouse.org.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund
The Yellow Ribbon Fund is a nonprofit organization that was created in early 2005 to assist injured servicemembers and their families while they recuperate at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. The Yellow Ribbon Fund assists veterans and their families during their stay at these medical centers by providing free car rentals, cab vouchers, hotel rooms, apartments, job mentoring and internship programs and free tickets to cultural and sporting events. For more information, contact:
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project provides a variety of types of assistance to veterans and their families, including financial assistance, counseling, benefits information, employment assistance, and assistance transitioning to civilian life. For more information, contact:
The Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 877-TEAM-WWP (832-6997)
Our Military is a Department of Defense program that provides opportunities for citizens to show their support for the US Armed Forces. Our Military connects individuals, organizations and companies to hundreds of home front groups offering a variety of support to the military community. Our Military provides a list of organizations that support servicemembers, veterans, and their families in a variety of ways, from care packages to scholarships and financial support. For more information, visit http://www.ourmilitary.mil/resources/community-support-for-our-military/.
Canines for Combat Veterans
Canines for Combat Veterans is a project of New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) based in Princeton, Massachusetts. NEADS provides extensive training for service dogs to assist veterans with physical disabilities so that they can maintain their independence. Service dogs are trained to provide support including picking up items from the floor or counter top, turning lights on and off, pushing elevator buttons, pulling a wheelchair a short distance, and getting help for the disabled owner. NEADS dogs are granted public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To be eligible to receive a dog, individuals must spend two weeks attending a training course with their dog and pay a fee. NEADS offers fundraising assistance, and flexible payment options. It is NEADS’ policy not to deny any application on the basis of the applicant’s ability to pay. For more information, contact:
Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans
P.O. Box 213
West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone: (978) 422-9064
Fax: (978) 422-3255
Sew Much Comfort
Sew Much Comfort provides adaptive clothing free of charge to support the unique needs of injured servicemembers from all branches of the military and National Guard. The organization will custom design or adapt existing clothing items to accommodate injured servicemembers with prosthetics and other medical devices. Simple changes such as adding a Velcro closure to the side seam on an ordinary pair of pants may enable injured servicemembers to be more independent and recover with dignity and comfort. Clothing is distributed at VA and military hospitals. For more information, visit: www.sewmuchcomfort.org.