Spotlight on the Good Works of the RCM Community Trust: Supporting Veterans in Milwaukee through the Military Service Committee
The purpose of the Military Service Committee is to help create community awareness and support of veterans in all phases of service. The committee made large strides this year to support veterans by its work to support the Fisher House and continuing its involvement with the Veterans Sailing Program.
Curtiss Peck, Executive Director of the Fisher House, reached out to the Military Service Committee. The Fisher House is the VA Hospital’s equivalent of the Ronald McDonald House. Many families of veterans who are at the VA Hospital are in need of a place to stay as well as transportation to and from the airport. They also need travel to and from local shopping areas for necessities while visiting their veteran that is in the hospital.
While the VA provides shuttle service during weekdays, it unfortunately stops at 5:00 pm on weekdays and does not operate on weekends. Many families spend as much time as they can with their veteran and often do not return back to the Fisher House until 7:00 pm or 8:00 pm. After hearing this great need, the Military Service Committee was determined to help the families of veterans by purchasing a van.
Thanks to the generosity of the Herb Kohl Philanthropies, Ewald Automotive Group and the RCM Community Trust, members of the Military Service Committee raised enough money to purchase a van for the Fisher House. Now, the van now runs daily and at night with the help of volunteer drivers and it reduces the burden the veterans’ families are hindered with.
In addition to the van, the Military Service Committee continued to support the Veteran’s Sailing Program this year in partnership with the Milwaukee Yacht Club. The program provided sailing lessons for six veterans that included a combination of water, dockside, and classroom education to teach veterans basic sailing skills.
The veterans who participated in this program were informed about volunteer opportunities with the Milwaukee Yacht Club to continue furthering their sailing skills. We hope that veterans in this program integrate into the community through recreational activities and opportunities, such as sailing in the great Lake Michigan.