'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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Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

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Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
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CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

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By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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