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Hx5 goes GOLD with 2023 Helping Heros Gala October 5

Helping keep families together with us is HX5, who has just joined as a GOLD Sponsor for our Helping Heros Gala Hospitality & Hope in October.

HX5 has been entrusted by Government customers to support Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E). HX5 is also a Service-Disabled Veteran, Woman-Owned Small Business. Be sure to check out their website below.

Emerald Coast Regional Mustang Club goes for GOLD with 2023 Helping Heros Gala October 5

Emerald Coast Regional Mustang Club has joined as a GOLD Sponsor for our Helping Heros Gala Hospitality & Hope in October.

The ECRMC was created in 1987 by four local Mustang enthusiasts as an informal social group. The Emerald Coast Regional Mustang Club was officially sanctioned as a non profit organization by the state of Florida in 1989. The club has steadily grown over the years and was officially recognized and adopted as a regional group by the Mustang Club of America in 1995. To learn more about this amazing mustang club located right here in Fort Walton Beach click this link!

Best Day at Fisher House Story by our house staff, Guest Hospitality Chere’ York

“Working at the Fisher house has given me so much inspiration and validation, not just one day but many days. One time in particular was when a guest was staying here long term. She was down spending the last few weeks or days with her mother who was terminal. After talking to this guest we bonded over her mothers fate because it was a similar fate of my husbands grandmother. Dementia is a long term terrible illness that fades away at that particular person. However, in her darkest days she gave me light. She prepared me for what’s to come and told me not to be afraid for the lord will comfort. A few days after her mother passing she shared with me a project she was doing to help others like her and her mother. She presented me with a sensory pillow to help with anxiety and jitters dementia patients get while traveling, thinking or even being in their own minds. She had made one for my husband’s grandmother and many others during her time at the Fisher House. Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. To that guest, and now friend, she will never know how much her carting mattered. The way she brought goodness and joy in her worst days to myself and the other staff was remarkable. I will never forget her and pray for her often. So you see, it’s not just a single day here that is great it’s every day, every guest, every one’s mission. ”

Dynamic Software Solutions DS2 returning as a GOLD Sponsor for 2023 Gala

Who loves our military and veteran families like we do? Dynamic Software Solutions just joined as a GOLD Sponsor for our Helping Heroes Gala Hospitality & Hope in October.

DS2 is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing full spectrum software engineering and application development, focused on emerging technologies for DoD, federal, and commercial clients. Utilizing agile development practices, DS2 specializes in creating software engineering solutions and integrations in mission planning; 3D modeling and simulation; the TAK capability suite (ATAK, WinTak); and embedded software, mapping, and situational awareness domains. Learn more about this LOCAL small business located in Niceville here.

MTSI goes Bronze with 2023 Helping Heroes Gala October 5


Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is sponsoring this year’s Helping Heroes Gala.  Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is an 100% employee-owned engineering services and technology solutions company delivering first-choice capabilities to solve problems of global importance. Their mission is to make important, lasting contributions to the nation’s defense, security, and most technically challenging strategic problems. Founded in 1993 by two retired Air Force engineers, they have achieved stable growth and have been recognized for their core values and commitment to their customers’ success.Learn more about them here.


How It All Began…… with 95 houses on the road to 100

A dream come true by Pauline Trost:

“In the mid-1970’s, as I came onto the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda for a clinic visit, I saw a helicopter land at the medical center heliport.  A sailor, his wife and two children came down the steps with their luggage.  I wondered where they would stay.  Living in the D.C. area, I knew that hotels and motels in the Bethesda area were expensive and likely beyond the means of couples such as this one.  These thoughts remained on my mind for years.

When my husband became the Chief of Naval Operations in 1986, I thought this might be a good time to pursue my dream of providng affordable temporary housing for families of those facing a medical crisis at Bethesda.  I spoke with Mrs. Iris Reiman, then president of the Washington area Naval Officers Wives Club, and asked her if she would explore how members felt about taking on such a project.  She brought up the subject at the next meeting and reported agreement on planning the concept.  We originally thought about finding an unused or underused building on the medical center grounds which could be converted into a place for people to stay on a temporary basis.

In early 1990, my husband received a call from our friend, Zachary Fisher, who had provided generous assistance to families of service personnel beset by tragedy. Zachary indicated that he was prepared to expand his support and asked my husband for thoughts on projects he might undertake which would benefit personnel of all military services. Among other ideas, my husband mentioned my dream. Zachary was taken by the concept and we discussed it further. He said, “I’m a builder, I have my own architect, we can do this.” Things moved rapidly thereafter, bureaucratic hurdles were overcome, a site was identified for the first house, and in 1991, the first Fisher House opened with President and Mrs. Bush joining the Fishers and us at the dedication ceremony. The dream had come true.

Zachary Fisher told me later it was the most satisfying thing he’d ever done. In a letter to my husband and me in January, 1992, commenting on a thank-you letter from a wife who had stayed at Fisher House I at Bethesda, he wrote: “The attached letter says it all. I knew how important the Fisher Houses would be – but I never imagined how many lives would be changed!” Zachary and Elizabeth were true American patriots.

Best Day at Fisher House Story by Manager Robert Campbell

“……………..The day that I started working here. The very first day I encountered the love and compassion for our nation’s greatest treasure: our nation’s military heroes.  From the very first day, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our nation’s veterans. Every day to me is the best day at the Fisher House.  Like any other job there have been some bad days and even in those days there is still something to be grateful and thankful for.  In the words of J.P. Lane, an Army veteran and double amputee who stayed in a Fisher House, “A bad day is a good day in the making”.  These words ring true in a day at the Fisher House.”

Best Day at Fisher House Story by Don Peckham

Romans 12:10 states “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves”.   Years ago, I talked with a nice lady on the phone.  Her Husband was in bad shape & was in critical condition at an off-base hospital.  His life was in God’s hands, & he was touch-and-go for at least a month or so.  The amazing part was for the duration his wife was up early in the morning, packed up for her daily trip to the hospital to be by his side.  She prayed with him, held his hand, fought for his care, & advocated for his best treatment.  We would not see her unless she returned to get something.  She would stop & update us from time to time, but mostly in the mornings on her way out.

He had some terrible days, & at times, wasn’t expected to make it.  But he was blessed when his condition was stabilized a bit, & then improvement came like blessings from Heaven.  He was able to go home & years later he is still coming back to us for medical appointments.  His wife sings the praises of the Eglin’s House the Fisher’s built, & it’s part in allowing her to be a part of his recovery.  That my friends, was a great day, & prayers were answered.  Indicative of a family’s presence is good medicine!

What being a part of Fisher House means… our house staff, Guest Hospitality Chere’ York

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry Truman.

This quote is one I remember from middle school. It has always instilled and inspired me to give back whenever I can. I was familiar with similar houses because of my sister using the Ronald McDonald house when my nephew was born with a tumor on his lung. After his medical condition was treated, I started doing so much research on that house and similar missions. It was like a match made in heaven when I saw a position open at the fisher house. I come from a medical background, but knew my heart was in for something more specifically directed to a more individualized way to give back. I remembered that quote and knew I had to be a part of this! I have spent many hours on duty and off advocating and spreading awareness of the house and the mission. The future was and still is unsure and not promised but I couldn’t pick a better place to call my second home!