Two local members of congress are using the power of the legislature to create a so-called "Hotels for Heros" program to help military families. The bill, sponsored by Maryland Senator. Ben Cardin and Representative. Dutch Ruppersberger would expand a program which already enables travelers to donate frequent-flier miles to military families.The expansion would extend the program to hotel stays.
The idea is to give families of wounded servicemen a place to stay when they visit during recovery.
The Fisher House Foundation -- which administers the program -- says it has provided 25,000 airplane tickets to injured service members and their families, with a total value of nearly $40 million.