The Council of Trustees of the Association of the United States Army awarded the 2009 George Catlett Marshall Medal to Kenneth Fisher, chairman of the Board of Trustees and chief executive officer of the Fisher House Foundation, for his selfless service through contributions to wounded members of our armed forces and their families, and for his commitment to the highest American ideals.
Since its inception by the Fisher family in 1990, Fisher House has provided a cost-free home away from home for approximately 120,000 families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA hospitals. Forty three Fisher Houses are located on 18 military installations and at 13 VA medical centers, providing easy access to treatment centers. These houses are equipped with the amenities of a typical home, offering a degree of normalcy and stability to families of wounded soldiers. Twelve more houses are under construction this year, moving towards the goal of sixty-two residences by 2011.
Under Mr. Fisher’s leadership, the foundation has expanded services to include the Scholarships for Military Children program, awarding more than $7.3 million in grants to over 4,700 children of military families; the Hero Miles program, through which the public has donated unused frequent-flier miles to provide 17,000 free airline tickets for service members and families staying at Fisher Houses; and the Newman’s Own Award, which has provided funding to 114 organizations supporting military families.
It is with profound admiration and sincere gratitude that the Association of the United States Army proudly presented its highest award, the George Catlett Marshall Medal, to Kenneth Fisher on the seventh day of October, two thousand nine.