WASHINGTON – Thanks to donations since February by members of a nonprofit organization representing federal health professionals, wounded warriors and their families have access to another 105 nights of free lodging.
Inspired by Rep. Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger, (D-MD) discussion of the “Hotels for Heroes” program on television, sustaining members of AMSUS, The Society of Federal Health Professionals donated 1,579,300 reward points from their personal accounts.
The “Hotels for Heroes” program, created by bipartisan legislation passed by Congress, enables hotel reward points to be donated to troops receiving care through the military health system, as well as their families. It has aided nearly 700 military families since its launch in 2012.
“This is a great demonstration of the dedication and commitment of the AMSUS sustaining members on behalf of our fighting forces,” said Vice Adm. Michael Cowan, executive director of AMSUS. “I express our deep gratitude to the individual [members] who gave so generously and made this possible.”
“Hotels for Heroes,” is currently available to rewards customers of Marriott, Wyndham, AmericInn and Best Western hotels. The program is modeled off the national “Hero Miles” program, which was created by Ruppersberger and enables the American public to donate their frequent flyer miles to wounded warriors and their families