I saw a wonderful report this morning on LOU DOBBS TONIGHT. It was on the medical rehabilitation that U.S. soldiers who have been injured in combat are given. Lou interviewed patients and their relatives in a veteran's hospital, to learn that this arduous process is eased by the wonderful people who work in our veteran's hospitals, who keep a positive attitude, because they know that their attitudes affect the soldiers who are their prime concern.
Some of these soldiers' injuries are quite extensive. Their recuperation takes months, even years. And yet, sometimes their wives, husbands, children, mothers and fathers don't have the financial capabilities to tough it out at the local hotel for that length of time —
And that is what Fisher House is all about. This non-profit organization provides a nearby residence, a "home away from home" for these solidiers' loved ones. These temporary group residences are typically 5,000+ to 16,000 square foot in size, or large enough to accommodate 16 to 42 family members, in anywhere from eight to 21 suites. In fact, since its inception in 1990, Fisher House has offeredmore than
1-1/2 million days of lodging to more than 70,000 families! Now, that is DARNED impressive…
But the purchases an upkeep of these facilities are not cheap endeavors. And while, effective October 1, 2006, all room fees for guest families at all
Army, Navy, and Air Force Fisher Houses are paid by Fisher House
Foundation, and there are no room fees at Fisher Houses operated by the
Department of Veterans Affairs, the non-profit organization that builds and gifts these temporary group residences to our U.S. Government, the Fisher House Foundation still needs our help. So please, consider doing some of the following:
DONATE. As verified by our most recent audit and tax return, only 3% of
expenditures are for administration or fundraising. If you designate
your contribution for a specific purpose or Fisher House, 100% of the
donation is allocated for that purpose. Follow this link for a secure online donation, or snail mail your donation to:
Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc.
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
VOLUNTEER. There are Fisher Houses all over the country! (Yes, there is one near you, too.) Whether you offer to cook a group meal, spend an afternoon to listen to someone who needs a shoulder to lean on, or a day of your time to do maintenance around the home, your time and effort will be appreciated by those who run these facilities. ust go to the Fisher House website, where you, too, can download a .pdf file listing all of its locations, or download fisher_house_locations.pdf here…
SEND BOOKS. If you're an author who has some extra copies of your books lying around, download that PDF file, and send a few to the addresses/manager's name listed there. I'm sure that your books will be welcomed diversions for those in residence, and the soldiers, too.
Bring our soldiers home,
Here's how it works:
1. First you have to READ THIS EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT OF IMPOSSIBLY TONGUE-TIED HERE!
2. Then, send me an email, at JosieBrownAuthor@yahoo.com, with the answer to this question:
WHAT IS THE NAME OF HUGO'S WIFE?
3. All answers must be recieved no later than MIDNIGHT, Pacific Time, on my book's launch date, on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2006. Include your name and address, of course.
4. All correct answers will be included in a drawing, to take place that very next day. The winner's name will be posted here on my site, and the iPod will ship out the next day!
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