Denzel Washington, and Brooks Army Medical Center

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   Don’t know whether you heard about this but Denzel
Washington and his family visited the troops at
Brook Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas
(BAMC) the other day. This is where soldiers who
have been evacuated from Germany come to be
hospitalized in the United States, especially burn
victims.

There are some buildings there called Fisher
Houses.  The Fisher House is a Hotel where
soldiers’ families can stay, for little or no
charge, while their soldier is staying
in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these
houses
on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost
filled most of the time.

While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they
gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He
asked how much one of them would cost to build.

He took his check book out and wrote a check for
the full amount right there on the spot. The
soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story
and want to get the word out to the American
public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.

The question is – why do:
Brad Pitt, Madonna,
Tom Cruise and other Hollywood fluff make front
page news with their ridiculous antics and Denzel
Washington’s Patriotism doesn’t even make page 3 in
the Metro section of any newspaper except the Local
newspaper in San Antonio.

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2 Responses to “Denzel Washington, and Brooks Army Medical Center”

  1. olotliny Says:

    http://www.fisherhouse.org/
    About the Houses
    Overview

    A Fisher House™ is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 38 Fisher Houses, with five more in construction. Learn more about Future Houses.

    Typically, the houses are 5,000+ to 16,000 square foot homes donated by the Fisher family and Fisher House™ Foundation. Each house is designed to provide eight to 21 suites. All are professionally furnished and decorated in the tone and style of the local region. The houses can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. They feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with library, and toys for children. A Fisher House™ is a temporary residence and is not a treatment facility, hospice or counseling center. The program began in 1990, and has offered more than 2.5 million days of lodging to more than 110,000 families.
    Responsibilities

    Fisher Houses™ are given to the U. S. Government as gifts. Military service secretaries and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the homes. The Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, builds new houses, and assists in the coordination of private support and encourages public support for the homes.
    Eligibility and Cost

    Criteria established locally by hospital or installation commanders. Effective October 1, 2006, all room fees for guest families at all Army, Navy, and Air Force Fisher Houses are paid by Fisher House Foundation. There are no room fees at Fisher Houses operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Volunteers

    Fisher Houses™ have full-time salaried managers, but depend on volunteers and voluntary support to enhance daily operations and program expansion. The Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc., and many individual Fisher Houses™ receive support through the Combined Federal Campaign.
    2006 Highlights

    · Families served: More than 10,000
    · Average length of stay: 12-14 days
    · Average (combat casualties): 45-60 days
    · Average occupancy level: 90%
    · Average cost per day: None
    · Saved families more than $10 million in lodging costs, plus food and transportation
    Since Inception

    · Families served: More than 110,000
    · Number of lodging days offered: 2 million
    · Saved families more than $90 million in lodging costs, plus savings on subsistence and transportation costs

  2. Spyware Protection : Says:

    denzel washington is of course a very good actor and i think that he should have lifetime achievement award too ‘


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