The Congressional Medal of Honor Society has awarded one of its highest citizen honors to Jennifer DeLuca, executive director of the Fisher House Boston. DeLuca was honored with the Society’s national “Service Act Award” during the 2023 awards ceremony held in Arlington, Va. The ceremony took place on March 25, National Medal of Honor Day.
“To be receiving this award from the Medal of Honor Society is the greatest gift I have ever received,” DeLuca said.
Every year since 2007, a nationwide search is conducted to select five U.S. citizens and one organization to receive the Citizen Honors Awards. The Awards are one of the numerous ways the Congressional Medal of Honor Society fulfills its mission to promote the values embodied by the Medal: courage, sacrifice, integrity, commitment, patriotism, and citizenship.
DeLuca was selected for her work as executive director of Fisher House Boston, which provides free housing for military members and their families while a loved one is receiving inpatient treatment at one of Boston’s medical centers. Active, veteran and retired military and their families can stay comfortably – at no cost – at nearby hotels or one of Fisher House Boston’s two apartments.
“The model that Jen uses is cutting edge,” said Major Gen. Gary Keefe, the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, and a board member of Fisher House Boston.
Other Fisher House organizations throughout the country provide free military housing for those receiving care at VA hospitals. DeLuca’s program differs, however, because it expands the free lodging to those receiving care at Boston’s world-renowned facilities.
Under DeLuca’s leadership, Fisher House Boston has provided more than 14,000 nights of lodging to some 2,500 military families.
“Jennifer DeLuca truly has set a new standard of care for families here in Boston,” added Dave Coker, president of the national Fisher House Foundation.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society created its annual awards to encourage others to recognize acts of heroism and selfless service. Nominations go through two rounds of judging. A panel assembled by the Society considers all nominations and selects 20 national finalists. Then, a second panel made up exclusively of Medal of Honor Recipients—Americans whose actions have truly defined the words “courage” and “selfless service”—selects individuals and organizations from those finalists to receive the Citizen Honors Awards.