Sempra Energy today announced that for its second annual Veterans Day grant, the company is donating $20,000 to Fisher House Foundation. The organization builds comfort homes for military and veteran families to stay in while their loved one is in the hospital, and has a grant program that supports scholarship funds for military children and spouses, and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
"At Sempra Energy, we are truly inspired by the work that Fisher House Foundation does to support our veterans and their families at a time when they need it most," said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. "Our support reflects our commitment to serving a diverse range of people and institutions within the communities where we live and work. As a U.S. Army veteran myself, I am proud of our company's commitment to helping our veterans and their families as it is aligned with our vision of delivering energy with purpose."
Last year, Sempra Energy announced an annual Veterans Day grant program, which is part of the company's overall commitment to supporting veteran employees, as well as veterans who live in the communities where the company operates. In the past five years, the Sempra Energy family of companies has donated approximately $2.5 million to causes supporting veterans or active-duty service members.
This year's grant will support the Fisher House Foundation's Heroes' Legacy Scholarship program, which provides scholarships to children of veterans who have died or become disabled through their military service.
"Fisher House Foundation is grateful to Sempra Energy for their continuing support of veterans and military this Veterans Day," said Dave Coker, president of Fisher House Foundation. "Sempra Energy has shown they truly understand how important it is to bring military families together at a critical time – when loved ones are receiving care in VA and military hospitals."
Fisher House Foundation also is focused on providing transportation and free housing for military and veteran families who have a loved one at a military or Veterans Affairs medical center. The organization's network includes 86 comfort homes across the U.S. and Europe, including in areas where Sempra Energy operates – with homes in San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas. Since its inception, the program has saved military and veterans' families an estimated $451 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Nearly 1,000 employees across the Sempra Energy family of companies have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Sempra Energy regularly participates in job-recruitment events for veterans and the company has supplier-diversity programs that advocate for procurement opportunities for businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, women, minorities and LGBT-owned business enterprises.