Summer Series – All American Thursdays June 12

Staff Sergeant TJ Pasch has been in the Air Force for 16 years and is originally from Sedalia, Missouri.  Sergeant Pasch is a Services Craftsman and currently serves as the Assistant Manager at the Breeze Dining Facility at Eglin Air Force Base.  During his Air Force career, he has also been stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy and Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana.  Sergeant Pasch has worked in many positions within the career field, ranging from a Missile Field Chef, Chef Evaluator, and Fitness Center Noncommissioned Officer in Charge.  In 2019, Sergeant Pasch was awarded the Air Force John L. Hennessey Travelers Award for his superior performance during the Annual Air Force Food Service Evaluation.

Sergeant Pasch has been on three deployments with the most recent deployment being to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.  During this deployment, he served as a Contracting Officer Representative where he worked hand-in-hand with 4 different career fields and members from 10 different countries.  Additionally, he also forward deployed to Afghanistan to work with the Civil Engineers to repair the runway and secure the perimeter which was the Air Force Central Command’s number 1 safety concern.  For his efforts, Sergeant Pasch was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with a Combat device.

Jerry Williams, President/CEO Eglin Federal Credit Union celebrates birthday

Our Fisher House at Eglin has an amazing body of supporters and includes some very engaged community leaders. One of those is Jerry Williams, President/CEO of Eglin Federal Credit Union, our volunteer treasurer.and today is his birthday, He and his lovely wife Jean both bless our military families and the community in big ways.

Jerry Williams
EFCU donates gift cards.

The Story of EXOS

For nearly a decade, EXOS has supported U.S. special operations forces with tactical training programs. Working with special operations personnel, EXOS has helped hundreds of service members return from devastating injuries through the Accelerated Return to Duty program.   More about EXOS here.

Our Fisher House on Eglin supports these warriors and this program in partnership with SOF Missions and Portofino Island Resort for their temporary lodging during this treatment.

Jennifer Nelson, featured speaker at caregiver event

In February, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast Inc hosted a caregiver spotlight event at the Air Force Armament Museum featuring Jennifer Nelson, military spouse of wounded warrior Capt. Nate Nelson, USAF, Ret. Family members and professional caregivers were invited and honored for their role in offering hope and healing, courtesy of the White-Wilson Community Foundation Inc. As event plans were finalized, an unrelated inquiry from the Villagomez family was received regarding volunteer opportunities for a teenage military dependent stationed with her family at Eglin AFB.  After a little conversation about ways to help, it was discovered that Floralyn, the daughter, was a gifted artist and the idea for her to create a token of appreciation for Jennifer speaking about her experience was born. Jennifer’s husband Nate, who suffered a spinal cord injury from a rocket blast in Afghanistan when Jennifer was 6 months pregnant, has no movement below his chest and limited use of his hands. Jennifer stayed at two Fisher Houses during Nate’s recovery and their daughter, Eva was born while in the comfort of one of those Fisher Houses.

A few inspirational photos were shared and the final result was this family portrait, unveiled to the Nelson family.  Engaging volunteers in meaningful ways is important and connecting these two military families contributes to the ripple effect, talking points emphasized during the evening regarding the ripple of Nate’s injury forward to the artful blessing by Floralyn.  See all photos here.

Photos courtesy of Carolina Miah Photograhy, isn’t she awesome?  @carolinaQphotography

Meal Program Suspended

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meal program at our Eglin Fisher House has been suspended.  Consider purchasing gift cards, which can be emailed to director@fisherhouseemeraldcoast.org or sent to P.O. Box 2007, Eglin AFB, FL  32542.

Families will continue staying with us and your support in this new way is greatly appreciated.  We look forward to resuming all homemade goodness as soon as safely possible.

Pre-packaged Meals Welcome for our families

Provide a catered meal for families currently staying at the house. In light of recent recommendations, house staff are able to receive pre-packaged, store bought meals at the door. We have 12 suites in the home and guest numbers vary depending on occupancy. Reserve your day here.

Please call Fisher House staff at 850.883.2865 the day before your day to confirm number of guests. For those without base access, please let staff know ahead so they can assist. Thank you for caring for our military families during a medical event, keeping them together for hope and healing.

Cookies and Kindness meets Cuteness Overload March 2020

Train up a child…..warning cuteness overload. Meet Clover and Lillian, Okaloosa and Old Spanish Trail Miss Agribusiness. They baked cookies as a service project and are blessing families in our Fisher House tonight with some home baked love. Clover gave me a sneak peak at her intro and this little girl is winning big with her attitude to help others. 100 volunteer hours at many organizations in the community. What can YOU do to bless someone randomly today?

Words from our guests

Real people, real stories, February 25,2020. “Thanks a lot for providing this type of support for people in need. The Fisher House was an idea that grew to a lot of locations and a true beauty of what American people are all about.
…..Giving.” 7th SFG ODA team member ❤️

Lockheed Martin sponsors 13th Annual Gala at SWANKY Level

Who’s getting ready for the Soaring Twenties celebrating our Eglin Fisher House turning 10 this year, #10n20? We are, that’s who! Just received word that our friends Monty Watson, and the team at Lockheed Martin are raising their sponsorship for the October 22 event from Gold last year to SWANKY at $5,000. They love our military like we do! The ticket link is active now…..don’t wait. Buy now.