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Announcing the 2022 Fisher Service Award for Community Military Service Recipients

$250,000 Awarded to non-profit military organizations improving the quality of life

WASHINGTON, October 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fisher House Foundation and Military Times have awarded grants totaling $250,000 to five non-profit organizations supporting military members and their families. The Fisher Service Award for Military Community Service provides funds for innovative programs created to improve the quality of life for veterans.

The newly rebranded Fisher Service Award began in 1999 as the Newmans Own Awards and has now awarded more than $2.75 million through 200 nonprofit programs.

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Fisher Service Award grants,” said Fisher House Foundation President and CEO Ken Fisher. “We are thrilled to be a part of your work supporting the military and veteran communities. Thank you to our partners at Military Times and our distinguished judges, for their dedication to the military and veteran community.”

“Military Times is proud to support the families and military-related organizations that strive to better the lives of members of this community. Our support of the Fisher Service Award is just one of the many ways we recognize Military Times’ mission of service to the community we serve,” said Kelly Facer, SVP Sightline Media Group/Military Times. “As every year, our honorees exemplify the power of community, cooperation and innovation. in solving the issues that matter most to our nation’s heroes and their families.”

After receiving nearly 600 entries for the 2022 program, six judges evaluated each entry based on the organization’s creativity, innovation and impact on the respective communities. The Fisher House Foundation and the Military Times Foundation are proud to announce that the five winning organizations are:

PALS for Patriots, Pals SkyHope; Our military children; Everyone for veterans; Children’s waiting room, Armed Services YMCA of the UNITED STATES; and Rosie’s Kidpreneur Camp Program, The Rosie Network (Organization information below.) The 2022 Fisher Service Award Leading Organization Received a $90,000 grant, with the top remaining organizations receiving $40,000. All recipients will also receive a Military Times promotional kit valued at $34,000. The 2022 recipients were honored at a ceremony hosted by Fisher House Foundation and Military Times at washington d.c. on October 26, 2022. Photos from the ceremony can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fisherhousefoundation/sets.

PALS for Patriots, a program of PALS Sky Hope received the highest honor and a $90,000 award. PALS SkyHope arranges free non-emergency air transportation for underserved individuals requiring out-of-town or out-of-state medical care, compassionate aid, or humanitarian assistance. Through its PALS for Patriots program, volunteer pilots transport injured and disabled U.S. military veterans and their caregivers to military medical centers, disability-friendly retreats, and morale-building events throughout the eastern United States. PALS for Patriots serves those who have given their all to serve our country. Since the program began in 2011, PALS SkyHope has transported more than 1,200 veterans and their families to receive life-changing services and life-saving care. PALS SkyHope is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.

“It’s such an honor to be the recipient of the Fisher Service Award. The grant will allow PALS for Patriots to provide more free flights to veterans and their families for medical treatment, rehabilitation programs, and empowering events for morale,” Pals told SkyHope. Executive Director Donna Collins. “Our mission is to remove distance as a barrier to connecting our brave veterans to much-needed care for mind, body, and spirit. We are grateful for the generosity and partnership of Fisher House and Military Times.”

About military times

Military Times’ digital platforms and print products are the trusted source of independent news and information for service members and their families. The military community relies on the Army Times, Marine Corps Times, Navy Times, and Air Force Times to report on everything that matters to their lives, including: pay, benefits, finance, education, health care, recreational resources, retirement, promotions, critical products and entertainment. Military Times is published by Sightline Media Group. To learn more, visit www.militarytimes.com.

About the Fisher House Foundation

The Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of 93 comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay at no cost while a loved one receives treatment. These homes are located in major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. The fisherman’s houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and bathrooms. Families share a common kitchen, laundry room, cozy dining room and inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there are never any accommodation costs. Since its inception, the program has saved military and veteran families approximately $547 million in accommodation and transportation costs. www.fisherhouse.org.

Winning entries

Pals SkyHope
PALS for the Patriots, Farmingdale, NY

PALS SkyHope PALS for Patriots provides free flights to injured and disabled U.S. military veterans and their caregivers to military medical centers, tailored retreats, and morale-boosting events throughout the eastern United States through a community of volunteer pilots . https://palservices.org/

Armed Forces YMCA of UNITED STATES
Children’s Waiting Room, Woodbridge, Virginia

Armed Forces YMCA of the United States The Children’s Waiting Room provides child care services in military hospitals and clinics, allowing military parents to keep scheduled appointments without the stress of finding child care outside of the hospital.
http://www.asymca.org/

Everyone for veterans
Issaquah, Washington

Everyone for Veterans provides comprehensive, free dental care to honor and transform the lives of veterans by eliminating pain and infection, restoring proper function and improving aesthetics. https://www.everyoneforveterans.org/

Our military children
Oakton, Virginia

Our Military Kids® recognizes the sacrifice of children in the deployed National Guard, deployed reserve, and service members injured in action after 9/11 by providing after-school activity grants that build children’s self-confidence, improve well- be family and reinforce a shared sense of community. https://www.ourmilitarykids.org/

The Rosie Network
Kidpreneur Program, Ramona, California

The Rosie Network The Kidpreneur Program provides comprehensive training and support for military teens interested in entrepreneurship through an initial 3-week camp program and year-round support, training and services. www.therosienetwork.org

The judges for the 2022 contest were:

Mrs. Kelly HokansonGeneral’s husband. Daniel HokansonNational Guard Bureau Chief
Mrs. Mollie RaymondGeneral’s husband. John W. Raymondchief of space operations, US Space Force
Mrs. Tammy Fishertrustee, Fisher House Foundation
Mrs. Lynne Pacetrustee, Fisher House Foundation
Mrs. Susie Schwartztrustee, Fisher House Foundation
M/s. Kelly Facer, Sr. Vice President, Military Times, a Sightline Media Group Company

SOURCE Fisher House Foundation