Our holiday season project at my radio station in Washington is the Fisher House Foundation, which is essentially a “Ronald McDonald House” for wounded soldiers and their families. When soldiers come back from Afghanistan and Iraq, the Fisher House gives their wives, children, parents and other loved ones a place to stay at little or no cost. There are six of them in the DC area at Walter Reed, Bethesda Naval Hospital and Andrews Air Force base, and more than 30 at military medical centers around the country.
The story of entrepreneur Zach Fisher and how he founded the first Fisher House is both amazing and inspiring. Even more inspiring is the scene in the kitchens of the Fisher Houses I’ve visited, where families from around the country hang out together to laugh, cry and share the challenges they and the wounded soldiers they love now face.