Last month, employees from ReSound teamed up with Audiologists from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to serve a meal to families staying at the Fisher House in Bethesda, Maryland. Fisher House provides “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. We asked Jeff Dieltz, Government Services Inside Sales Representative for ReSound, to write about his experience.
Today, several colleagues and I had the opportunity to serve dinner to the families staying at the five Fisher Houses on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The approximately 70 active duty soldiers and their families stay at Fisher House while the soldiers are recovering from wounds or ailments associated with their service to our country. Before arriving, I was anxious about what it might be like meeting and speaking to the people I would meet. All of my fears were unfounded as what I encountered were brave and thankful men and women from all over the nation. I had the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with some of these great people and their families. They were actually thanking me for helping serve one meal when the sacrifices they have made to serve our country far outweigh any gesture I made that day.
What I witnessed were grateful families, happy to have their loved ones back in the U.S. The service men and women all approached whatever challenge they may be facing with the grace and dignity that make me proud to live in the United States and thankful for what lengths these people go to in the name of service to country. I was truly honored to meet them, hear some of their stories and have a chance to give a little something back to people that have made great sacrifices so my family can live in a nation that is free. I would do this again without hesitation and am excited to meet more great people and hear about their personal stories.
To learn more about Fisher House Foundation, please visit their website at www.fisherhouse.org.