Armed Forces Financial Network, Scott Credit Union Donate Gift Cards to Local Fisher House
House Provides Lodging For Injured Veteran’s Family Members
COLLINSVILLE, IL – Employees of Scott Credit Union in partnership with the Armed Forces Financial Network recently presented $1,000 in thank you gift cards to help military families staying at the Fisher House in St. Louis.
The 20 gift cards will be given to family members of injured or ill soldiers or veterans to help them with expenses during their stay while the soldier receives medical treatment.
The Fisher House, which is at the VA Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, is available to military family members who are wounded or injured and are undergoing extensive medical treatment. It provides warm, caring, comfortable, and convenient lodging for family members at no charge. This allows each family constant access to their loved one to help in the healing process, according to St. Louis Fisher House Foundation Chairman & CEO Kenneth Schieler.
“We have heard stories of family members who stay at the Fisher House and need money for their everyday needs. Sometimes it is because their stay at the house becomes extended while their family member is being treated at the hospital,” said Scott Credit Union President & CEO Frank Padak. “We are honored to partner with AFFN to be able to provide these gift cards for the family members for free. They are truly a thank you to the family for their loved ones service to our country.”
In 2012, the Fisher House in St. Louis hosted 497 families. The lodging at Fisher House helped save the military families an estimated $966,800, according to Schieler.
Scott Credit Union has supported the local Fisher House with several fund raising efforts.
“When they were raising money to build the Fisher House here, we were excited about the opportunity to help with the effort to provide housing for injured soldiers’ families during their time of need,” Padak said. “Now, we are happy to play a small part in helping them offer support to the families who are staying at the house. We are thankful for the partnership with AFFN.”
The St. Louis VA Medical Center has been designated as a “Polytrauma Center” for treating Veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Center provides treatment for Veterans suffering from single or multiple traumas and specialized care for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, advanced prosthetics, and mental health.
Family members want to stay with their loved ones during treatment, but few can afford extended stays in commercial lodgings, according to Schieler. That’s when Fisher House provides free housing for the family members.
Founded by New York City real estate developer Zachary Fisher, Fisher House is a nationwide private-public program that makes homes available to military families. The 16,000-square-foot St. Louis Fisher House was constructed on the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center campus in south St. Louis. The house features 20 bedroom suites and accommodates 42 guests at a time.
Once it was constructed, the Fisher House Foundation donated the building to the VA. From that point forward, the VA has staffed and maintained the Fisher House for patient’s families.
For more information about Fisher House in St. Louis, or to donate, visit www.fisherhouseinstl.org.
AFFN is an ATM and POS (point-of-sale) network providing the U.S. military community with ready access to their funds through ATM and POS terminals located at or near U.S. military bases worldwide, with over 25 years of service to the military, defense, and civilian communities worldwide.
Scott Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that is member owned. The credit union recently gave about $1.2 million back to members through a bonus dividend and loan interest rebate.
Scott Credit Union is open to anyone who lives or works in a 17 county area, including Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Clinton, Marion, Bond, Macoupin, Montgomery, Fayette, Effingham, Williamson, and Jackson counties. Anyone who lives or works in St. Louis County, Missouri also can open accounts at SCU. Additionally, anyone active or retired military also can have accounts with Scott Credit Union.
Scott Credit Union currently has 15 area locations: Scott Air Force Base, East Belleville, Fairview Heights, Collinsville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville, Waterloo, Highland, Caseyville, West Belleville, Millstadt, Mascoutah, Troy, Wood River and its Home Office in Edwardsville.
For details on opening accounts at Scott Credit Union, visit www.scu.org, call 1-800-888-4728, or stop by any of the credit union’s branches.