|Kenneth Fisher, whose late uncle Zachary
Fisher started the Fisher House Foundation, appeared on
Glenn Beck’s radio program Monday to share the inspiring story of how the foundation was started.
“In case you don’t know, I would describe [the Fisher House Foundation] like the Ronald McDonald House of the military,” Beck said. “When a vet needs something in the hospital, the Fisher House provides a place for the family to come and stay so they don’t have to worry about it.”
Kenneth — the current chairman and CEO of the
charity — explained how his uncle Zachary was one of the only
people to be designated an honorary veteran by Congress. Zachary couldn’t
serve in World War II due to
“It came to his attention back in the late ’70s
that the USS Intrepid, the aircraft carrier — it sustained so
much loss of life in the kamikaze attacks of World War II. It was going
to be decommissioned and sold as scrap.
His uncle brought the vessel to New York and converted
it into the Sea, Air and Space Museum it is today, Kenneth said.But
Zachary wanted to do more, so he asked Pauline Trost — the wife
of the chief of naval operations — what more he could do.
Kenneth said anyone can make a donation at FisherHouse.org, where they can help with everything from lodging initiatives to a program called Hero Miles, which allows people to donate unused frequent flyer miles.
“We use those miles to purchase
tickets for family members to be able to go back and forth,” Ken
Fisher said they have purchased almost 70,000 tickets with people’s frequent flyer donations, and President Obama helped them start a scholarship program.
“One of the reasons why we wanted
to have you on is, we’re looking for things that we can all agree