Wounded Warriors and Families Ministry

Since 2004, members of FUMC have been supporting Wounded Warriors (WWs) and their families located in the Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD areas.

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3. LimoWe have supported hundreds of WWs and families through our Limousine-and-Lunch event.  On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, we take WWs and family members in a chauffeured limousine to a restaurant on the Potomac River for lunch.  Over the years, the group has included wounded soldiers and/or family members staying at Military Hospitals, Fisher Houses, and at various military housing facilities that care for wounded soldiers, ill military active duty and retired members, dependents, and family members.  This ministry has been a unique opportunity for FUMC to provide hospitality, a listening ear, and a chance for those living in very stressful situations in sometimes cramped quarters to get out and relax.  We have been blessed beyond measure!

For almost 8 years, we supported, Walter Reed Army Hospital and Fisher House on Georgia Avenue in Washington DC. The ministry was a partnership between FUMC and Mr. Robert Bainum, who faithfully donated the limousine and driver and Mr. Bryce Phillips, the grandson of the founder of Phillips Seafood, who provided a lavish lunch at no cost plus excellent service and special TLC.

Over the past few years, we have had to make some significant changes to our process for support.

Our routine was interrupted when Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC closed and patients and families were transferred to Bethesda Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).  FUMC was approved to regularly provide the same service that we did at Walter Reed DC to WRNMMC and our events began again.

After about 1½ years supporting WRNMMC Bethesda MD, Phillips Seafood stopped providing free lunches in February 2013 due to the recession, and it closed April 28 2014. The free limousine service was also withdrawn.  But God blessed us and we negotiated replacement limousine service with Chariots for Hire in Sterling, VA and restaurant support at Tony and Joe’s, on the Washington Harbor in Georgetown.
Riverside restaurantChariots for HireThese new partners have offered us a flat rate 60% discount for the limos (regardless of size we need for a particular Tuesday) and provide free food and beverages from the restaurant.  Since we restarted in mid-April 2014, we have taken 56 WWs and family members on the 5 Tuesdays through June 2014. We thank God for his provision and thank our partners Chariots for Hire and Tony and Joe’s Restaurant for their generosity and super service.


 Recent Initiatives

  • WWs and Families Tribute and Fundraiser: We pay for 40% of the limo cost plus tip and the costs of appetizers plus tip at the restaurant.  To cover these costs, we held a 9/11 Wounded Warriors and Families’ Tribute and Fundraiser on Thursday 9/11/14. An article about our WWII veterans’ tribute appeared in The Washington Post on Veteran’s Day.
  • Third Limo-and-Lunch Event: Veterans who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam continue to languish in VA facilities, homeless shelters and in their homes. There is a need to get them out of their surroundings for a fun day of riding in a limo and enjoying lunch with a group of peers. We hope to raise money for this new event during our 9/11/14 fundraiser.
  • TD for webOSC for webPartnering with Non-Profits: We began a partnership with two non-profits which support WWs and families.  The two non-profits are TD Foundation (children focus) http://tdfoundation.org and Operation Second Chance (assimilating WWs into the community) http://operationsecondchance.org. These non-profits together with FUMC, provide increased capabilities and comprehensive attention to WW needs. There is intrinsic value when two secular and a third Christian non-profit come together with common goals to support our veterans. We hope to raise money for this new partnership during our 9/11/14 fundraiser.
  • Contact Ed or Kerryn McMeans, FUMC, for more information on this lay ministry. ekmcmeans@verizon.net, Ed Cell: 703-677-2752. Kerryn cell: 703-283-3883.