Canadian troops donate $120,000 to Landstuhl Fisher Houses
December 7, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Canada presented Landstuhl Regional Medical Center staff members with one of its highest unit awards Wednesday to recognize the care given to Canadian troops wounded in Afghanistan.
The Canadian military also presented the Landstuhl Fisher Houses with the Canadian Forces medallion and troops gave the organization its largest donation in history for supporting wounded families.
Gen. Rick Hillier, Canada’s chief of defense, presented the Canadian Forces’ Unit Commendation to the hospital during a ceremony at Landstuhl. It marked the first time Canada presented the award to an allied unit.
The commendation is similar to the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation and is typically given to any Canadian military unit that has “performed a deed or activity considered beyond the demand of normal duty.”
But Hillier said the Landstuhl staff deserved the award for the outstanding care and compassion given to Canadian troops injured in Afghanistan. The level of care offered at the hospital, the U.S. military’s largest overseas, is reassuring to Canadian troops, he added.
“They can be confident that the best care in the world, with a big chunk of it right here in this room, is provided to them when something goes wrong,” Hillier told hospital staff members. “That confidence is key to everything that we do. And without it, of course, we could not ask those folks to do the job that they do.”
Canadian troops also showed their appreciation of the Landstuhl Fisher Houses by donating a record $120,000 this year. Landstuhl Fisher Houses Director Kathy Gregory said it is the largest donation in their history. That’s more than half of the organization’s operating budget.
“It’s just so much more than we ever dreamed,” Gregory said.
Landstuhl’s two Fisher Houses offer rooms to families of wounded troops for only $10 a night. Canadian Master Cpl. Paul Franklin and his family raised the most, handing over more than $82,000. Franklin lost both of his legs to a suicide bomber in Kandahar earlier this year.