VA Palo Alto Health Care System recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its second Fisher House, a comfort home where military & Veterans’ families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. Along with a testimonial from a family member currently staying in the Fisher House, keynote remarks were given by Fisher House Foundation Trustee Lynne Pace and spouse General Peter Pace, USMC, the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“There is no greater partner for VA and Veterans than Fisher House,” said Tony Fitzgerald, director of VA Palo Alto Health Care System. “On behalf of all Veterans who can heal with their loved ones by their side, I say thank you to Fisher House and the communities that support their mission. The impact you make on the lives of Veterans and their families is immeasurable.”
The current Fisher House has served more than 10,000 families since it was built in 2006. The second Fisher House, expected to open by early 2019, will help to expand capacity to forty families and alleviate the current wait list.
“We are committed to ensuring that the Fisher House program serves our Veterans’ needs. With the special care offered at VA Palo Alto, a second home has long been in demand, and we are excited to work with the Bay Area community to make it a reality,” said Fisher House Foundation President David Coker who was also in attendance.
The Fisher House Foundation has homes located at military and VA medical centers around the world, providing an estimated $407 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation for military and Veterans’ families since inception. Its Hero Miles program also provides donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of their loves ones.