'This Means so Much to Military Families' - United Hub

'This means so much to military families'

By The Hub team, May 26, 2017

Peggy Slay, Gold Star Mother and United Airlines employee joined Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO Ken Fisher, along with veterans, officials and others on May 19 in Houston to dedicate the newest Fisher House at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Members of the Fisher House Foundation cutting the ribbon to the new Houston Fisher HomeFisher House Foundation

United is the largest corporate sponsor of this new home, which will provide a "home away from home" for up to 20 families of eligible veterans and military at no cost, allowing them to be close to their loved one during the hospitalization for an injury, illness or disease.

"Every day, our military men and women risk their lives, and many of these heroes spend years getting medical treatment for the sacrifices they've made protecting our country," said Peggy, whose son – a U.S. Marine – was killed in Iraq. "On behalf of the thousands of military men and women that have come to call United home, I'd like to applaud Fisher House for their dedication to taking some of the stress away from our veterans as they go through medical treatments."

Veterans at the Houston Fisher House Dedication CeremonyFisher House Foundation

The Houston Fisher House will not only create an instant community for its residents, united by their common mission of supporting a sick or injured loved one, but it will also provide each individual with a secure and private refuge to rest and recharge after a long day at the hospital.

The 20-suite, 16,800 sq.-ft. comfort home joins 71 other Fisher Houses operating in the U.S. and Europe. Each bedroom suite comes equipped with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom, and common areas that include a spacious kitchen, large communal living, dining and family rooms, laundry room and patio.

United Airlines is a longtime supporter of the Fisher House program – participating in its Hero Miles program, as well as providing financial support to help build this Fisher House.

Mr. Fisher accepting the key to the new Houston Fisher HouseFisher House Foundation

"We are grateful for our relationship with United Airlines," said Mr. Fisher. "Their support to the military and veterans has only increased throughout our years of partnering together. In addition to supporting our Hero Miles programs and supporting Warrior Games, they are now assisting in the construction of our newest Fisher House – one that will serve veterans for decades to come."

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