Jan 25 2017


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Veterans Administration, Fisher House & Medical Center in Washington, DC.

A Limo Lunch event was held for 3 caregivers from Fisher House. All 3 were first time Limo Lunchers. There were 2 last minute cancellations as a result of medical changes for their veterans. Our Irish Limo Driver Hugh and Allen the FUMC Escort were the hosts for the Lunch held at the Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • Ola Bradley and Debra Sanders, Grandmother and Mother respectively of Granddaughter/ Daughter Kisha, a 40 year old disabled Navy veteran here for surgery. She suffered wounds from enemy fire on the helicopter she was in while airborne over Iraq. Kisha, who now resides in Maryland, was 1 of only 3 women in Iraq at the time. She was a paralegal for the legal team conducting the trial of Saddam Hussein. Kisha’s mom Debra is an Air Force Veteran (1979-1986) serving as a Personelman and is the widow of Air Force veteran husband Gregory. Debra’s sister is a retired Navy Chaplin. Debra Lives in Wasilla, Alaska. Ola, a retired LPN, is eighty years old but looks like she is fifty. She hails from Richmond, Virginia.
  • Kim Young Nam, born in South Korea, now resides in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She is here for her Husband, a 12 year Army veteran undergoing kidney surgery. They have a son currently in the Air Force.

Though a small group, we had a great time on a weather perfect day. The caregiver families are military families through and through and all appreciated those Americans who, through private donations and selfless efforts, say Thank You to those who have served and are serving today as well as to their families and caregivers who serve with equal measure of dedication, devotion, patriotism and sacrifice.

Dec 14 2016


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Limo-to-Lunch Event for Veterans Administration, Fisher House
and Medical Center in Washington, DC.

A Limo Lunch event was held for 8 caregivers from Fisher House and 1 Fisher House Volunteer Bertha Bryant, total 9. All were first time Limo Lunchers. Our Irish Limo Driver Hugh and Allen Kriskowski the FUMC escort, brought the total to 11. They hosted the Lunch held at the Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This was the largest Limo and Lunch group we’ve had from the VA the Fisher House. We had a great time on a weather perfect day and it was a joyous pre-Christmas gathering.

  • Kitty Richardson, wife of a Vietnam Veteran under-going heart bypass surgery, and their daughter Tammy are at Fisher House for his support. Tammy came from Key West, Florida and she had to borrow winter clothes to make the trip.
  • Julie Fifield from Bloomery & Paw Paw, West Virginia is at the Fisher House with her daughter Sarah giving care to her Vietnam Era Army Veteran husband Rodney who is having surgery to remove a nodule from his left lung.
  • Sarah Smith is staying at Fisher House while her Military Veteran father recovers from surgery. She resides in West Virginia. She is studying Alternative Health & Nutrition at college and is also working on a home business.
  • Jessica Williams is at the Fisher House supporting her husband Michael a 4 year Marine Corp Veteran who is undergoing tests to diagnose an illness.
  • Marcia Hayes Jackson from Bear, Delaware is giving care to her US Army Veteran husband Elvin undergoing surgeries to allow him to walk with a normal gait.
  • Edna Alers, born in Puerto Rico but now making Clarksburg, Maryland her home, is giving care to her Military Veteran husband who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Connie Martin is providing care her US Navy Veteran husband Lorin while he is undergoing heart surgery. Lorin has 2 brothers who served in the US Air Force. Their Mom and Dad both served in the US Army during WWII. That is quite the patriotic military family!

One of our fun interactions was improvising of loony lyrics that could be used in the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ carol. Verses such as; 12 Men a Belchin; 11 Wives a Naggin; 5 Nose Rings; and 1 Honey Do List in a Christmas Tree.

The caregiving families are military families through and through and all expressed appreciation to those who through private donations and selfless efforts help those who have served and are serving today. They also appreciate families and caregivers who serve with equal measure of dedication, devotion, patriotism and sacrifice.

Nov 16 2016


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We had 7 Limo Riders including Hugh our Limo Driver and FUMC escort Ed McMeans. We lunched at The Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. We had 5 Fisher House guests, a 6th had a last minute Drs. Appointment.

Those who attended the lunch were:

Carlos and Edna Alers. Carlos was a member of the US Coast Guard. He was at the VA Med Center undergoing throat cancer care. His wife Edna is his caregiver. They lived and served in Puerto Rico for most of their lives but have moved to Maryland to be near the VA Hospital and their children and grandchildren. They have been married 44 years but act like newlyweds!

Michael and Barbara Strickland. Michael has tested the capabilities of the Military Medical system for many years with multiple major medical issues. Currently he is undergoing dialysis. Nonetheless, he maintains a great disposition, smile and attitude. He’s retired Army and is a relatively newlywed having been married for 5 years but believe they have known each other for over 25 years!

Queen Bess Baker. While she lives in GA, she is staying at the DC Fisher House while her Son underwent brain surgery at the VA Hospital. He is in intensive care while going through treatment and recovery.  Both her husband and son served in the US military.  She and her husband have been married 49 years.

Everyone had a great time, had some laughs and appreciated a respite from the daily responsibilities of being at the VA Med Center. Nearing the end of our luncheon, we enjoyed a wonderful conversation about the families of Wounded Warriors and what tremendous responsibilities they shoulder when their spouses are deployed. We prayed for our WW Families before departing the restaurant.

Nov 15 2016


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Walter Reed National Military Center Hospital and Fisher Houses

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the FUMC’s Limo to Lunch event took 7 guests to Tony and Joe’s Seafood in Georgetown, escorted by FUMC’s Bill Spellings and Chariots for Hire limo driver Arthur.  Of the 7 guests, 5 were wounded warriors being treated at the WRNMMC Hospital in Bethesda, and 2 were Caregivers.  We had 3 last minute cancellations due to WRNMMC Doctor ordered treatment rescheduling. It was a very enjoyable trip and luncheon for all the guests and they all were appreciative of what we do for them. The discussions and conversations were fun and informative as usual. It was noted by one of the soldiers that there are lots of “events” sponsored by many groups, but the FUMC Limo and Lunch event is the only “lunch program” that gets them off base during the day and for many, that’s what they need most. They also “don’t mind” the fantastic seafood hors d’oeuvres and delectable entrées.

Oct 18 2016


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On Tuesday 10/18/16 we held a Limo and Lunch event supporting veterans and caregivers from WRNMMC Hospital and Fisher Houses Bethesda, MD. We had 8 Guests plus FUMC escort Ed McMeans and Driver Tom. We lunched at Tony and Joe’s Seafood on the Georgetown Waterfront. All our guests were veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. We had a wonderful time and each Veteran was extremely complimentary and thankful that the FUMC continues to support them and other Wounded Warriors.

Aug 19 2016


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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Limo and Lunch Event to Tony & Joe’s (T&Js) Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac at Georgetown Harbor

The Limo to Lunch trip on Tuesday, August 19th was a huge success. We had a total of 13 warriors and family members. A total of 14 had shown-up and we had to turn one away, since the limo could only seat 13 – She was a family member who had shown up as an alternate in case we had a no show.

We had one of the new “13 passenger” limos, but we couldn’t fit them all inside comfortably, so one of the families from the Fisher House (2 guests) had a car nearby and graciously elected to drive themselves.

The group had a great time – lots of laughs and joking. All were very grateful for the outing. One couple had been there for 6 months and had never been out anywhere. One young lady is recovering nicely from serious brain surgery, but stated that she wants to go back to Afghanistan. It’s unlikely she will be sent back, but it is not uncommon desire among our troops to return to hazardous duty.

Considering their courage and patriotism, our soldiers and families enjoy and appreciate a simple outing to lunch in a limo. This recurring affirmation makes this program all the more meaningful.

Aug 10 2016


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Limo-to-Lunch Event for VA Fisher House and Medical Center in Washington DC

We had 8 Limo Riders including our FUMC sponsor Allen Kriskowski, our Limo driver John, and 6 guests from Fisher House. Five of the six Fisher House attendees as well as John our Limo Driver, were first timers on the Limo Lunch.

  • Cathleen Joy Brown of Mariposa, California and her sister from Oregon were here to provide 24/7 care for their brother undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Annie Aranrnolate is here, Caregiving her daughter, an Air Force Veteran, who suffered a stroke.
  • Ms. Bryant is a mother of a veteran. She spends 8 hours a week volunteering at Fisher House.
  • Shawn Huffnagle, a US Navy WT2 from Lexington Park, Maryland, is undergoing colon cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
  • Shannon Willis, from Texas, is Caregiving her Father who is undergoing triple bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack. Her Dad is a US Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam Era and is from Maryland.
  • Jason Bard, US Army Infantryman Veteran, is undergoing treatment for cancer. His treatment unfortunately affects his taste buds in a manner that minimizes the foods he can eat without ill effects.
  • Pastor Andrea Ramsey is here Caregiving her brother a US Air Force 19 year veteran, undergoing surgery for a Dissecting Aorta. The Pastor is from O’Fallon, Illinois and hosts a Radio Ministry every Monday.
  • John Loveland, our Driver, is a Vietnam Navy veteran from Washington, D.C. He spent an 18 month tour in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967 on assignment as what can best be described as forerunner to the Navy Seals.

We all had a wonderful time. We shared stories, experiences and even a couple of jokes. It was an honor to be among those who also served, each in their way, and sacrificed to keep America free. FUMC got Kudos from all our guests for providing such a great escape from the Fisher House confines and their reasons for being there.

Aug 07 2016

Joseph Elmer Krebs, Jr.


A Memorial Service was held at Fischer House on Sunday, 7 August for Joseph Elmer Krebs, Jr. who passed away on 30 July 2016. Joe took part in the Korean Conflict (1950-1954) as a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corp wherein he received 2 Purple Heart Awards involving hand to hand combat. He joined the US Army Reserves in 1957 after graduating from the University of Miami and retired as a Colonel in 1988. His many additional life accomplishments are too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say that Colonel Joe Krebs, a big man in body, was bigger than life in his contributions to his fellowman.

Joe and his Caregiver took part in several Limo Lunches since the program started. He was wheelchair bound during these outings but always had a wonderfully positive approach to life.

Jun 21 2016


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Limousine-to-Lunch event for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Hospital and Fisher Houses

Ed McMeans, FUMC escort, and our Limo driver, Jim, took eight military veterans and caregivers to Tony and Joe’s Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac River at Georgetown Harbor. (Four from Fisher Houses and four from WRNMMC.) Everyone was in a picture taking and festive mood. Attending from WRNMMC were: Lt. Col. Tommie Berger, Captain Walter Laffittie, Staff Sergeant Lawanda Jones and Staff Sergeant Magalie Atilus. Members of this group have been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations, each on several occasions. Members from Fisher Houses were: Winnie Baltrush, Anabel Galong, Donald and TR Rowe. Winnie and her Navy veteran husband have been staying at a Fisher House, both being treated for cancer. Sadly, her husband recently died from brain cancer less than a month ago. Winnie has great faith and knows God will continue to take care of her. Interestingly, one of the guests asked me if I was the Pastor of FUMC. While flattered, I said no but that I would pass on your thanks to our Pastor David Bonney. It was a wonderful day, full of good food and fellowship.

Thanks to our Veterans for their courage and service and may God continue to watch over them.

Jun 08 2016


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Limo-to-Lunch Event for Veterans Administration Fisher House and Medical Center in Washington DC

On a beautiful Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 we held a Limo and Lunch event supporting veterans and caregivers at Fisher House and The VA Medical Center in Washington DC. We had 7 guests plus Hugh our Limo Driver and FUMC escort Allen Kriskowski. We lunched at The Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. All who attended the lunch were ‘First Time Limo Lunch guests’.

  • Michael Strickland, accompanied by his wife Barbara, from Goldsboro, North Carolina is here for treatment. Michael was stationed at various US military bases in Germany for 13 years. After his army career was over Michael and Barbara drove an 18-wheeler, as a team, on round trips between Miami to Boston for 15 years. A lot of stories of their trucking experiences filled the lunch table conversation.
  • Members of the Tedeneck family, Kim, Kathy and Britini, were here to support their USN veteran grandfather undergoing treatment for stage 4 throat cancer. They all hail from who Martinsburg, West Virginia.
  • Annie Aranmolate is here for her daughter, an Air Force Veteran, rehabbing from a stroke.
  • Austin Brown, served in the Air Force for 20 years active duty followed by 4 years in the Air Force Reserve. He performed the critical duty of Loadmaster on C-130s, C-141s and C-5As. Austin was also an excellent baseball player. He was the starting catcher on a military championship team while stationed in Rota, Spain.

As it is on all our previous Limo Lunch excursions everyone had a wonderful time. It was an honor for all present to be among those who also served, each in their way, and sacrificed to keep America free and who continue after their military service to serve again and again. All who attended expressed their thanks to all those who made possible a great escape from the Fisher House confines and their reasons for being there.