The need continues to grow. Fisher Houses provide comfort and support for families of the 19-year-old combat injured from our current battles, and as well as the families of Veterans of past military campaigns. We were not there for our WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans when they returned war weary, but we are there for them now.
Fisher House is only successful because of the people who choose to respond to the call to support our military families. We cannot do this alone and we salute those who have helped us achieve this goal. The need has only grown and so our resolve to assist these families must grow as well.
It is our obligation, as an expression of our gratitude and appreciation of their service to our country, to see this through. Fisher House complements a medical “safety net” by assuring a family will always be able to be with their loved one while receiving medical care at VA Medical Centers across the country.
Wounds from combat are both visible and invisible, whether burns and amputations or from Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. All these medical challenges will need the ongoing presence of a Veteran’s family around them and require a Fisher House to support them in their time of need.
The Fisher House creates an instant community for its residents, united by their common mission of supporting a sick or injured loved one, but also provides each individual with a secure and private refuge after a long day at the hospital to rest and recharge. Families lean on each other for support.
There are over 2.5 million Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are over 23 million Veterans nationwide. These men and women, as well as their families, get support from DoD and VA hospitals around the country, Fisher House Foundation’s goal is to build a Fisher House at every major Veterans hospital in the country. The war may be ending but not the need of our Veterans.
“Living there for a year was home away from home. I was never alone. You’re surrounded by love.”— Belinda Beatty
“I don’t know what I would do without a Fisher House. I either wouldn’t be able to come, or we would have to stay in an expensive hotel. Fact is, this old Korean Vet just doesn’t have that kind of money.”— Joseph Krebs
“There’s not one moment in Fisher House that hasn’t been extraordinary. I’ve been thinking about what it means to us and the people here – it’s a beacon of hope.”— Kate Davis
“We feel like there is hope for the future and it doesn’t involve PTSD or TBI. Fisher House provided that hope and comfort for us.”— Macy, wife of a Navy sailor
“I soon learned the Fisher House was a place of healing, a place where I could get a good night’s sleep and then just walk across the street and be there for my daughter. I didn’t even have to cook; food just showed up. Bless God, it was one of the best things ever.”— Roxanne Brown