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an Diego / VA Greater Los Angeles, Healthcare System, West Los Angeles / VA Palo Alto elaware: Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, Dover AFB + District of Columbia: Wash ital, Eglin AFB / James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa / Miami VA Healthcare System t D. Eisenhower Army Hospital, Fort Gordon + Georgia: Charlie Norwood VA Medical Ce Medical Center I & II + Kentucky: Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Hawaii: Triple est Glen Annex, Silver Spring / Walter Reed National Military Medical Center I, II, Ill, IV, Minneapolis VA Health Care System I & II + Mississippi: Keesler AFB Hospital, Biloxi + M k: Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany North Carolina: Camp / Lejeune Naval Hospital / VA Medical Center / Fisher House Foundation, Inc. + Brooke Army Medical Center, San Fort Hood/Eglin Air Force + 2012 Annual Annual Report + Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Cente n Antonio Military Medical Center I, II, Ill / William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El r, Portsmouth + Washington: Madigan Healthcare System, Joint Base Lewis-McChord / V AFB / Naval Medical Center I & II, San Diego / VA Greater Los Angeles, Healthcare Syste do Health Care System, Denver + Delaware: Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, Dove hcare System / Eglin Air Force Hospital, Eglin AFB / James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, T e Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta / Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Hospital, Fort Gor enter I & II + Illinois: Hines VA Hospital, Chicago + Kentucky: Blanchfield Army Commun lter Reed–Forest Glen Annex, Silver Spring / Walter Reed National Military Medical Cen nesota: Minneapolis VA Health Care System I & II + Mississippi: Keesler AFB Hospital, Bi North Carolina: Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital / Womack Army Medical Medical Center Texas: Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center I, II, Ill, IV, V, Fo dical Center, Houston / VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas / Wilford Hall Medica El Paso + Virginia: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond / Naval Medi ord / VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle+ California: David Grant USAF Medica e System, West Los Angeles / VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto + Colorado: VA E n, Dover AFB + District of Columbia: Washington DC VA Medical Center + Florida: Bay P pital, Tampa / Miami VA Healthcare System / West Palm Beach VA Medical Center + Geo ort Gordon +


OUR MISSION

LETTER FROM KENNETH FISHER

Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is an international not-for-profit organization established to improve quality

2012 STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS

of life for members of the military, retirees, veterans

2012 Highlights:

and their families. The Foundation builds comfort homes

Families served: Over 19,000

at military and VA medical centers and gifts them to the

Average length of stay: 10 days

government. It assists with the coordination of private support and encourages public support for the network of comfort homes known as “Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Houses.” It works to educate and inform the military and veterans’ communities, their families and the general public about Fisher Houses and provides necessary support to individual Fisher Houses as needed. Other Quality of Life programs include scholarship programs, a

Average length of stay for combat casualties: 45­– 60 days

Dear Friends,

Saved families more than $30 million in lodging costs, plus food and transportation

We are privileged to support our nation’s military, veterans and their families. As the war in Afghanistan is coming to an end, we are starkly reminded that many of our military and veterans will require a lifetime of care. Now more than ever, we must recommit ourselves to helping those who have so honorably and nobly served our country.

More than 71,000 hours of volunteer service Since 1990: Families served: Nearly 180,000

grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative

Number of lodging days offered: Over 5 million

plans for quality of life projects, the “Hero Miles” and

Saved families more than $200 million in lodging and transportation costs

“Hotels for Heroes” programs and individual assistance to members of the military and their families during a crisis.

Ken Fisher was presented the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz in February 2012. Photo credit: Ashley Estill

The need for additional Fisher Houses continues. As our nation’s veterans seek treatment at VA Medical Centers around the nation, we continue to be there to support them and their families. In 2012 we dedicated four new Fisher Houses and began site preparation for another five Fisher Houses. We expanded our programs this year, thanks in part to Senator Ben Cardin and Representative “Dutch” Ruppersberger. The Hotels for Heroes program is modeled on the success of our Hero Miles program. It offers temporary lodging using donated hotel points when a Fisher House is already full or there is no Fisher House to provide support. Our hotel partners, including AmericInn, Best Western, Choice, LaQuinta, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham, have stepped forward to make this program possible. We continue to be blessed with wonderful friends. First Lady Michelle Obama visited our Walter Reed Fisher Houses again, bringing Easter holiday cheer and the First Dog Bo.

The Hero Miles program uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring loved ones to the bedside of wounded, injured and ill service members. Over 7,900 Hero Miles tickets were issued in 2012, saving families a total of $12.8 million. We are grateful to our generous partners, including: ★ ★ ★ ★

AirTran Airways Alaska Airlines American Airlines Delta Air Lines

★ Frontier Airlines ★ United Airlines ★ US Airways

The Hotels for Heroes program provides hotel rooms to the families of wounded, injured and ill military service members who are undergoing treatment at authorized medical centers when a Fisher House is not available. We are grateful to our generous partners, including: ★ ★ ★ ★

AmericInn Best Western Choice Hotels La Quinta Inns and Suites

★ Marriott ★ Starwood ★ Wyndham

Our good friend Jay Leno donated a car at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction that sold for $350,000 and members of the audience gave another $250,000 in support of Fisher House. On this amazing night we were honored to have Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno join us. I want to mention our Charity “watchdog” ratings. We continue to be recognized as one of the very best charities in the country. Out of 48 military and veterans’ charities reviewed, we are one of three given an A+ rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch. Charity Navigator has given us their highest “four-star” rating for the past nine years — a feat accomplished by less than one percent of the charities they evaluate. I am often asked how we do it. The answer is simple. We run our foundation like a business. We owe this to our donors; and we owe it to those we serve. It is a privilege to contribute to the quality of life of our military families and we will always work hard to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. Thank you for your support, for it allows us to continue to do what we do best: honor the service and sacrifice of our greatest national treasure — our military service men and women, and their loved ones.

With heartfelt gratitude, Fisher House Foundation broke ground at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to begin construction on the Fisher House UK. Courtesy Photo

Kenneth Fisher Chairman & CEO Fisher House Foundation, Inc. A new 12-suite Fisher House was dedicated at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Ken Graham Photography

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HIGHLIGHTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION, INC. FINANCIAL STATEMENT EXCERPTS

• Fisher House Foundation continues its commitment to military, veterans and their families by adding the following Fisher Houses during 2012:

Revenue & Expenses Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2012

Ft Belvoir Army Base, Virginia Pittsburgh VA Medical Center

Support & Revenue

Salt Lake City VA Medical Center Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

Contributions

• Site preparation began for houses at: Gainesville VA Medical Center

Unveiling of a new Fisher House program, “Hotels for Heroes” at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

Murfreesboro VA Medical Center

Photo credit: Ashley Estill

Houston VA Medical Center (House II) Birmingham UK San Antonio VA Medical Center

Special Events (net of expenses) Donated Goods, Services & Media Time Interest & Dividend Income

Left to Right: Sec. of Defense Leon E. Panetta, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno and Jay Leno

2012 $33,935,799 1,834,628 16,746,536 61,461

Gain On Foreign Currency Exchange

2,918

Realized Loss On Sale Of Donated Securities

(250)

Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

• Our Hero Miles program continued to offer free airline tickets to service members and their families, allowing them to be with their loved ones during a medical crisis. By the end of 2012, we provided 7,947 free airline tickets, saving families close to $12,891,280. Since the program’s inception, Hero Miles has provided 34,658 tickets, valued at over $55 million. • This year we added a new program “Hotel for Heroes” thanks in part to the support of Senator Ben Cardin and Representative “Dutch” Ruppersberger who sponsored legislation to create the program. The Hotels for Heroes program provides hotel rooms to the families of wounded, injured, and ill military service members who are undergoing treatment at authorized medical centers when a Fisher House is not available. Rooms are made possible through the donation of rewards points by the hotel’s rewards members. Partners include: AmericInn, Best Western, Choice, La Quinta, Marriott, Starwoodand Wyndham. Hotels for Heroes provided 459 lodging nights saving families $58,889. • In its 11th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program awarded more than $1 million in scholarship grants to sons and daughters of active, retired, or reserve military members. The Foundation made a grant of $100,000 to the National Military Family Association to provide scholarship grants to military spouses. The Heroes’ Legacy Program, provided scholarship grants to children of service members killed or permanently disabled since 9/11. Funded primarily by President and Mrs. Obama, this program assisted 64 students with a total of $320,000 in scholarship grants. • Team Fisher House, the online, grassroots fundraising program of Fisher House Foundation, organizes running teams for various race events nationwide. Since the program’s inception in 2006, Team Fisher House has raised $2.67 million at military races across the country. Team Fisher House hosts the 4th largest charity partner team at the Marine Corps Marathon with 450 runners in 2012. • Fisher House Foundation continues to be nationally recognized as a premier non-profit with a “four-star” Charity Navigator rating and a continued A+ from the American Institute of Philanthropy. These are the highest Charity “watchdog” ratings you can receive.

Total Support & Revenue

First Lady Michelle Obama chats with guests inside the Fisher House at Walter Reed during her Easter visit. Photo credit: Ashley Estill

$52,581,092

Expenses Programming Services

$34,506,700

Management & General

1,237,295

Fundraising

2,410,506

Total Expenses Change in Net Assets

$38,154,501 14,426,591

Net Assets Beginning of Year

$31,515,437

End of Year

$45,942,028

Source: Fisher House Foundation, Inc. Audited Financial Statements. Complete copies of certified public accountant’s report are available on our website.

• Car enthusiasts at the Gooding Auction in Pebble Beach, had a chance to bid on a Fiat 500 owned by Jay Leno to support Fisher House Foundation. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno were on stage assisting Jay Leno and David Coker. The auction garnered $350,000 for the Foundation. • The First Lady, Michelle Obama visited the Walter Reed Bethesda Fisher Houses bringing Easter holiday cheer along with First Dog Bo. She helped the Fisher House family’s children participate in a craft project. We continue to be humbled by her enthusiasm and support for Fisher House Foundation. • This was the second year that Fisher House Foundation sponsored the Warrior Games with not only a grant to help support the games but also with Hero Miles tickets so that the warriors could bring their family to cheer them on. The Warrior Games is an opportunity for wounded warriors to compete at the United States Olympic Committee training camp in Colorado Springs.

During the 2012 Warrior Games, members from each branch of service came together after the wheelchair basketball finals to join each other as one military in support of one fight.

Salt Lake City Fisher House Courtesy of Salt Lake City VA

Photo credit: Ashley Estill

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ZACHARY AND ELIZABETH M. FISHER HOUSES BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDERS Zachary Fisher (1910–1999) Elizabeth M. Fisher (1913–2004)

CALIFORNIA David Grant USAF Medical Center Travis Air Force Base

MISSOURI St. Louis VA Medical Center NEW YORK Stratton VA Medical Center Albany

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Chairman & CEO...........................................Kenneth Fisher Executive Vice Chairman...............................Winston Fisher Vice Chairman..............................................Arnold Fisher Vice Chairman..............................................Audrey Fisher Vice Chairman..............................................Nancy Edelman Vice President & Secretary............................John W. Lowe Treasurer......................................................David D. Fox

COLORADO VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Denver DELAWARE Fisher House for Families of the Fallen Dover Air Force Base

Elaine Howard Mark “Ranger” Jones LTG Charles S. Mahan, USA, Ret. Robert E. Marks David J. McIntyre, Jr. General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Ret. Mary Jo Myers A. Jack Nickert Lynne Pace William P. Pope Suzie Schwartz Stephen Siegel

FOUNDATION STAFF President.........................................................................David A. Coker Vice President, Community Development & Public Affairs...Cynthia Campbell Vice President, Donor Relations & Special Events..............Mary Considine Vice President, Programs & Community Relations..............Derek Donovan Vice President, Operations...............................................Brian Gawne Vice President, Consultant...............................................James Weiskopf Director, Team Fisher House.............................................Cathy Cabrey Program Assistant, Team Fisher House.............................Stacy Toner Director, Donations..........................................................Andrew Kayton Operations Officer............................................................Bruce Phillips Director, Hero Programs...................................................Leticia “Tish” Stropes Hero Miles Assistant........................................................Gillian Gonzalez Chief Accountant.............................................................Coreen Burnett Controller........................................................................Colleen Luparello Social Media Coordinator.................................................Lisa DiGangi Media Relations Assistant................................................Ashley Estill Donations Administrator...................................................Kyle Neff Operations Officer............................................................Bruce Phillips Operations Officer............................................................Vicki Reeping Operations Officer............................................................Stacy Thomas Receptionist....................................................................Makenzie Simmon Donations Assistant.........................................................Megan Wynn

LTG Martin R. Steele, USMC, Ret. General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret. Denzel Washington Pauletta Washington Mrs. Togo D. West William White Montel Williams

Eglin Air Force Hospital Eglin Air Force Base

Wright-Patterson Medical Center I & II WP Air Force Base

VA Medical Center Gainesville, FL

Brooke Army Medical Center San Antonio Military Medical Center I, II, Ill, IV Fort Sam Houston

Miami VA Healthcare System West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Fort Hood

GEORGIA Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Augusta Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center Fort Gordon

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, I & II Houston * House II opened in 2013 South Texas Veterans Health Care System San Antonio * Opened in 2013

HAWAII Tripler Army Medical Center I & II Honolulu

VA North Texas Health Care System Dallas

ILLINOIS Hines VA Hospital Chicago KENTUCKY Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Fort Campbell MARYLAND Malcolm Grow Medical Center Andrews Air Force Base

Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center I, II, Ill Lackland Air Force Base

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center I, II, Ill, IV, V Bethesda

MASSACHUSETTS VA Boston Healthcare System West Roxbury

MINNESOTA Minneapolis VA Health Care System I & II

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Womack Army Medical Center Fort Bragg, NC Madigan Healthcare System Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA (second house) The following are medical centers with an immediate need recognized by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs: Southern Arizona VA Health Care System Tucson, AZ Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Camp Pendleton, CA VA Long Beach Healthcare System Long Beach, CA VA Palo Alto Health Care System Palo Alto, CA (second house) VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Denver, CO (second house) VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven, CT

James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Tampa, FL (second house)

William Beaumont Army Medical Center El Paso

VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Las Vegas, NV

UTAH Salt Lake City VA Health Care System

Portland VA Medical Center Portland, OR

VIRGINIA Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Walter Reed – Forest Glen Annex Silver Spring

Design: ds+f, Washington, DC [dsfriends.com]

David Grant USAF Medical Center Travis Air Force Base, CA (second house)

TEXAS

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Tampa

FUTURE FISHER HOUSES

OHIO Cincinnati VA Medical Center

TENNESSEE Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Murfreesboro * Opened in 2013

FLORIDA Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

UNITED KINGDOM Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham * Opened in 2013

Womack Army Medical Center Fort Bragg

PENNSYLVANIA VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington DC VA Medical Center

GERMANY Landstuhl Regional Medical Center I & II

There are currently 62 Fisher Houses in operation throughout the U.S. and overseas in Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition to these 62 houses, the following projects are currently in design or under construction:

NORTH CAROLINA Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital

VA Palo Alto Health Care System

TRUSTEES

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MISSISSIPPI Keesler Air Force Base Hospital Biloxi

Naval Medical Center I & II San Diego

OFFICERS

SSG Dale Beatty, USANG, Ret. Gerry Byrne General Michael P.C. Carns, USAF, Ret. James W. Carrier Cecily M. Carson Patricia L. Courter David N. Dinkins, Jr. LTG Gen. John A. Dubia, USA, Ret. Martin L. Edelman Tammy Fisher Barbara Gentry CSM Marvin Hill, USA, Ret.

ALASKA Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital Anchorage

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center Milwaukee, WI

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center Richmond Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

WASHINGTON Madigan Healthcare System Joint Base Lewis-McChord VA Puget Sound Healthcare System Seattle

Printing: KCP Communications, INC [Kcpcommunications.com]

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California: David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB / Naval Medical Center I & II, Sa Care System, Palo Alto + Colorado: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver + De DC VA Medical Center + Florida: Bay Pines VA Healthcare System / Eglin Air Force Hospi Palm Beach VA Medical Center + Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta / Dwight Augusta / + Germany: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center I & II + Hawaii: Tripler Army M Campbell + Maryland: Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB / Walter Reed–Fore Bethesda + Massachusetts: VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury + Minnesota: M St. Louis VA Medical Center + Germany: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center + New York Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg / Eglin Air Force Hospital, Eglin AFB /Ohio: Cincinnati Antonio Military Medical Center I, II, Ill, IV, V, Fort Sam Houston / Army Medical Center, Houston / VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas / Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Virginia: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond / Naval Medical Center Sound Healthcare System, Seattle+ California: David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Los Angeles / VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto + Colorado: VA Eastern Colorad + District of Columbia: Washington DC VA Medical Center + Florida: Bay Pines VA Health / Miami VA Healthcare System / West Palm Beach VA Medical Center + Georgia: Charlie + Germany: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center I & II + Hawaii: Tripler Army Medical Ce Hospital, Fort Campbell + Maryland: Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB / Wal ll, IV, V, Bethesda + Massachusetts: VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury + Minn Missouri: St. Louis VA Medical Center + New York: Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany + Bragg + Ohio: Cincinnati VA Medical Center / Wright-Patterson Medical Center I & II + T Houston / Carl D. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood / Michael E. DeBakey VA Med San Antonio Military Medical Center I, II, Ill / William Beaumont Army Medical Center, E Center, Portsmouth + Washington: Madigan Healthcare System, Joint Base Lewis-McCho Travis AFB / Naval Medical Center I & II, San Diego / VA Greater Los Angeles, Healthcare Colorado Health Care System, Denver + Delaware: Fisher House for Families of the Fallen Healthcare System / Eglin Air Force Hospital, Eglin AFB / James A. Haley Veterans’ Hosp Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta / Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Hospital, Fo

Fisher House Foundation, Inc. Corporate Office 299 Park Avenue New York, New York 10171 T (212) 940-6875 • F (212) 940-6270 Operations Office 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, Maryland 20850 T (301) 294-8560 • F (301) 294-8562 E-mail: info@fisherhouse.org

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