Fisher House Foundation - Helping Military Families
Let's support Fisher House together. I'm walking from Camp Pendleton, California to Fort Benning, Georgia. The Walk for Warriors begins on April 1,2010. The trip will cover 2,140 miles at 20 miles per day, and will take approximately 110 days to complete.
I encourage everyone who is interested in supporting our efforts to donate today so that the Walk for Warriors will be a success.
The Fisher House Foundation provides families of wounded and injured servicemen and women comfortable housing in a setting next to the hospital where their loved one is recovering. Having family close by helps the wounded soldier, sailor, airman or Marine heal faster and integrate into home life with greater ease. America's wounded warriors have benefited by the efforts of Fisher House since 1991. Now, there are 45 comfort homes, built and maintained by donations such as yours next to military hospitals around the country.
Let's help Fisher House build more comfort homes and support our dedicated servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.
If you'd like to follow my progress on my blog, please Click Here
Thank you and God Bless-
Total Donations Collected:$27,788.00
The Fisher House™ Program
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 12,000 families, and have made available nearly 3 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. 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!
The Foundation has received the highest possible ratings from the “watch dog” organizations that evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofit organizations: For every dollar donated to Fisher House™ Foundation, 96 percent goes directly into Fisher House programs that help military families.
Online donations are completely safe and the most efficient way of donating (saving time and money), but checks are accepted. Please download and print the TFH Check Donation Form and mail the check and completed form to the address on the form.
Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.
"My best wishes for success in this endeavor. I'm behind you each and every step.
"What a great cause! We support you, John, and we support our troops!"
"walkin walkin ... see you in DeKalb...(that's EAST Texas) ... when do we start?"
"John, I salute your efforts and support of Fisher House Foundation. Happy trails! Nancy Stoke"
"Hello, this is in support of John Cote on his walking trek and to the many in the military who serve us and protect us. God Bless you, Jason Zilka"
"Thank you to our military families and all the sacrifices they have made. God Bless."
"I'm with you, brother, every step of the way (and I'll will walk 100 miles with you). I think it's a great way to support our troops and Fisher House."
Jay and Susan Ivison
"John - good luck on your walk! It's an amazing goal and wonderful cause."
"We are proud and happy to support John Cote in this outstanding effort. Love, The Goldin"
Great vision. I'm sure it will be a life changing experience.I look forward to reading your blog.
"All the best to you John!
The Lin Family"
I am a friend of your sister. Good luck! This is a wonderful organization.
"With you buddy. Thank you and good luck. Give our guys a lift."
Jean Marie Cinotto
"Thank you for dedicating your time and energy to help the most deserving in our country and their families. You are an example for the rest of us to follow. "
"So proud to know you
and will walk
virtually (blogingly) along side you."
Stephanie and Don Clarke
"Wow. I am in awe of this effort you are making. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during your adventure. Walk on John!!!!!"
"John-You have a wonderful servant's heart! Good luck! Heidi, Ryan, & Cole"
"John Cote is the epitome of a warrior himself, always committed no matter how daunting the task, thanks for your efforts!"
"Good luck, John!
The Rosenshein - Katie and Larry"
"Bless you for your dedication to our troops."
"A noble goal. Good Luck, Johnny.
I hope to join the walkabout.
"For John, a very good man for a very great cause!"
"We are thinking of you every step of the way. God Bless You.
Phil and Dawn"
"John Cote, a great American who does not take this country for granted. I envy you pursuit of this significant undertaking and the benefits that will be derived by you, Fisher House, and our amazing soldiers. "
"Good luck to a great cause from a real estate broker in Green Bay, WI"
"Wishing you a safe journey in your trek across the country for a worthy cause. Good luck.
Jeanette and Larry"
Steve & Jacki Neal
"John, feel free to jog part of it ... It's for a great cause!"
"John your a great Amercian and all of us at Landco are very proud of you!! we wish well !!"
"Travel safe John- what a great cause!! "
Scott and Martha Baker
"John, Thanks for helping and honoring our military. May your feet be light and your journey uplifting. We'll follow your blog. Happy Birthday on the way!! Scott and Martha Baker"
"John! Way to support the troops! Truly inspirational effort to give back and provide everyone with a bit of perspective along the way! Trudge away! Bob Carlson"
"John - I had to donate. Good luck!
"Thank you for all your efforts for such a truly wonderful cause. Best of luck on your walk. God Bless you."
"Good Luck John!! We'll be thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers while you walk across America for the Fisher House Foundation."
"How amazing! I'm the sister of a West Point graduate and this story brought me to tears. Best of luck. "
"Great cause and great personal effort. Best of luck on the trip."
"Good luck and God's speed. We truly admire your dedication to our troups."
Richard R. Rivero
Please say hi to the jumpers when you reach Fort Benning........since I'm a Vietnam veteran 101st Airborne and May God Bless You."
"John..safe travels and a big thank you for bringing attention to such a good cause. Proud to support you on your walk and the Fisher House for all the good work they do."
"Thank you! "
"keep on truckin'
Sometimes the light's all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it's been"
Madeleine Kafader Pavel
Saw the wonderful front page write up about your incredible journey;
bravo! You are putting some light on a much needed cause for our wounded
soliders and their families.
We have a friend who may have been in your son's West Point 09 class--
Patrick Harrigan is our neighbor, a year ahead of our son at Francis Parker.
Wonderul family, extraordinary young man.
Good luck and we'll keep reading your blog! Be safe and well.
All the best,
Madeleine Kafader Pavel
ps.PLEASE give your sisters my best...I've lost touch with Sally, feel
free to give her my email, etc. Warm regards to your lovely MoM too."
"Best of luck to you John! I think your endeavor is noble and great. Your wonderful sister told me about you and I have been following your blog. Be safe and enjoy each day!"
"Walking for a great cause, all the best to you in your efforts!"
"John, we look forward to seeing you here in Texas.
Kirk, Hala and the gals"
"Thank you John Cote for making a difference."
Joe Ventimiglia & Cathy Kenton
Congratulations on getting off to a great start. We're following your progress on your blog.
Cathy Kenton & Joe Ventimiglia"
I am so proud to be able to call you a friend. We need more people like you! Hang in there.
I love that you are out there walking for the warriors!
I hope you have someone there who massages your feet at night!
Love, Diane Cox"
Don and Donna Cooperman
"I didn't hesitate to make a contribution to this wonderful cause. Thank you for getting us involved-we want to do things but it is people like you that get the ball rolling."
"May God bless the Fisher House and the families who are there."
"What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind. . . .
(T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton)
Congratulations, you're doing it now and at 56 that ain't easy.
"Hi John, my mom read your story in the San Diego Union-- great idea and cause, I love the blog entries --especially from the desert. Will share with my friends and relatives. I look forward to following your progress and I will think positive thoughts that you reach your goals-- give my love to your family.
-- Sally Davidson Ward."
"'If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them.'
"Well, you've now walked from 56 to 57. Happy Birthday, John "
""The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." Henry David Thoreau
Your walk is "priceless.""
Gayle Gillies Mize
"John!! I am so proud of you. Thank you so much
Gayle Gillies Mize"
"You're a Good Man John!"
"Way to go John...keep up the good walk!"
"Wishing you all the best as you make your journey from CA to GA. Thank you for taking your own personal time and effort to honor our wounded U.S. servicemen and women and their families. Thank you for bringing attention to this most important cause. Hope you surpass your goal!"
"This is such an amazing thing you are doing! Thank you and God Bless."
"Good Luck on your effort! It's a good cause."
""A line is a dot that went on a walk." Paul Klee
Line up; dot on; straight ahead through Texas.
"Thank you John Cote!"
John & Betty Aasted
We are thinking of you and hoping your walk is going well.
Betty and John"
" “Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking."”
George W. Bush
John, keep on swaggering through Texas for our troops. Dave"
You're such an inspiration! Congratulations on your goal and journey.
"Dear John, I heard about your heroic endeavor from my parents. Your Dad was a great patriot and would be very proud of what you are doing. I wish you all the very best and good luck from Germany! Sharon Nemeth"
"Thank you Warriors."
"“It ain't the heat; it's the humility.” Yogi Berra
I imagine 95 degrees with 95 percent humidity provides lots of humility.
How about a drive back and finish in Alaska?
Stay cool, Dave"
"I read about your endeavor in the Fort Benning newspaper--The Bayonet. My husband, Jay Brend, graduated with your son. Great group of people...we're on Fort Benning now, so feel free to let us know if you need anything upon your arrival! Would be very happy to help. We contributed on your facebook page, and hope that gets added into your grand total... Best of luck in the remainder of the walk! "
God in His wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.
Horse flies posses one of the fiercest bites of any common fly species. Unlike the nearly painless bite of the mosquito and other biting flies, horse flies are equipped with scissor-like mandibles that tear flesh. While male horse flies feed on pollen and are important pollinators, females feed on blood in order to assist in egg development.
John, I always knew your blood would come in handy. Dave"
Michael & Carol Cobrda
"Go John! Love reading about your trip.
Mike & Carol Cobrda"
A great effort for a great cause. I look forward to catching up in person soon. Once a volunteer, always a volunteer!
"John, Thank you for what you are doing for all veterans (including me) and their families. Gordy Thomas"
"on behalf of your classmate, and Vietnam vet, Gordy Thomas. . ."
"Hey John, this is the receptionist at Riley's. I wish you the best of luck with your trip! I admire you in so many ways. Best wishes and God bless. Oh, and hope your legs cleared up!"
"Congratulations, John. You make us proud. Look forward to seeing you back here in cool San Diego."
Bob & Dee Brock
"Just a small token in appreciation for the walk. Your friends Bob and Dee."
"What a wonderful accomplishment, and what a wonderful thing you have done for your country. Thank you for all you have done.
Chuck and Marty Hay"
Jack & Kelley Dapra
Kelley's going to give me the look that only a wife can give a husband for saying this: You have one big set of balls.
David and Rebecca Vigil
"What an incredible journey. So proud of you!!!"
"Thank you for your efforts on behalf of our soldiers. As '01 parents, we truly appreciate all you have done."
"In honor of John Cote and his journey for Wounded Warriors. You're awesome!!! Aloha, Wendy & Tony"
Betty & John Aasted
We look forward to seeing you back home again.
Betty and John"
Kristian, Erik & Ellie Aasted
"We're in awe of your accomplishment and so proud of you, John. Congratulations! "
You are fabulous. I am proud to be your cousin. Congratulations on your remarkable journey.
Dale and I are happy to donate to your worthy cause.
Scott and Martha Baker
"John, Congratulations on a wonderful journey and your success in raising awareness of and funds for wounded American soldiers. Wish we could be there to celebrate with you and we wish there could be more zeros behind this gift. Way to go, John. We are so proud to have you as a friend.
Scott & Martha"
"May God bless you for your dedication to support our troops and raise awareness and funds for the the work of the Fisher House Foundation. "
"Read about your cross-country walk in the San Diego Union Tribune...thanks for making a difference & supporting our troops!"