By Lion Karen Burns
In their quest to keep busy in the community by serving, the Bear Mountain Leos have decided on a monthly project of providing monthly meals to those at the Fisher House. The first meal was wild rice/chicken soup with salad. The second entailed varoius breakfast items. The Bear Mountain Leos are the youth of lionism from ages from 13-18. They meet each week at the Boys and Girls Clubs and plan their community activities.
They recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Hawaii for our International Convention provided by donations from various lions. They worked hard along with other lions at many early morning breakfasts (6AM) helping our Past District Governor become an International Director for Lions. What an experience of a life time for lions and leos alike. After that we headed to the Convention Center for a day of learning and inspiration to be a lion. The advisers, et. al.., greatly appreciate all the time and donations that went into making this Convention happen as it will be an experience not forgotten soon. Oh, and yes he did get selected as an International Director which made us very happy. Alaskan Lions are rocking our vest.
The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for service members, veterans, and their family members. It provides a warm and compassionate environment for families to heal and support each other while receiving medical care at the Joint Venture DoD/VA Hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. There are over 65 Fisher Houses nationwide and overseas.
The Fisher House Foundation has an “A+” rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. Find Out More at FisherHouse.org
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 19,000 families, and have made available over four million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $192 million in out of pocket. By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!
In addition to constructing new houses, Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses and help individual military families in need. We are also proud to administer and sponsor Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsor the Newman’s Own Away.
If you would like to find out more about being a lion please go to www.lionsclubs.org, or visit one of our local clubs Eagle River Lions, Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions or Chugiak Lions. The first two have facebook pages that provide you with a wealth of information. Please take the time to call them or visit. You can always call me too Karen 242-1129 and I will do my best to answer your questions.