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Giving Back in San Antonio

Alliance project benefits wounded warriors and their families

December 09, 2014

Convention service project: Alliance members present a donation of more than $6,200 in gift cards Oct. 11 to Rebecca Skinner, assistant director of Fisher House at the Brook Army Medical Center, second from right. Also pictured, from left, are AADA leadership council members Ann Morrison, Sue Gardener and Molly Bickford; Debbie Moore, Texas Alliance president; and Karen Cox, Texas Alliance project coordinator.
San Antonio
— The Alliance of the American Dental Association, Alliance of the Texas Dental Association and the International College of Dentists teamed up during ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting to donate gift cards to families of wounded warriors being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

The fundraisers collected more than $6,200 in cash and gift cards during the annual meeting Oct. 9-12 for wounded soldiers and their families temporarily housed at four nearby Fisher House locations.

A Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers, according to the Fisher House website. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 64 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers in the United States and Germany. Since 1990, Fisher House Foundation has served more than 220,000 families and provided over 5.2 million days of lodging, saving them more than $200 million in lodging and transportation costs.

"With ICD's 2012 Fisher House program already in place for volunteer dentists to provide free emergency treatment to families of Fisher Houses across the United States, it seemed like a good idea for AADA, ATDA and ICD to target collective efforts and financial resources on Fisher Houses here in San Antonio during the 2014 AADA Convention" said Karen Cox, a member of the Texas Alliance and project coordinator. "It was a unique opportunity and perfect timing for the three dental communities to come together and give back to our military soldiers and their families.

For more information on the Alliance and its projects and activities, visit the website.