Fisher House Foundation Dedicates 60th Facility Worldwide at South Texas
Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio
Comfort home will provide free temporary lodging for Veterans’ families
Ken Fisher (center) Chairman & CEO, cuts the ceremonial ribbon on the
60th Fisher House in the world, at the South Texas Veterans Health Care
System. Director Marie Weldon is to Mr. Fisher's right.
Fisher House is here to provide a home away from home for Veterans of
any age, from any conflict. We owe them and their families a debt that
can never be repaid.
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) March 28, 2013
The Assistant VA Secretary for Public & Intergovernmental Affairs Dr.
Tommy Sowers and Marie Weldon, Director of the South Texas Veterans
Health Care System (STVHCS) joined Fisher House Foundation Chairman and
CEO Ken Fisher today to dedicate the new South Texas VA Fisher House,
increasing the network of Fisher Houses serving military and Veterans’
families worldwide to 60. This new Fisher House will be the eighth in
San Antonio — creating the largest concentration of Fisher Houses in a
“The mission of Fisher House Foundation partnered with the VA’s mission
demonstrates our commitment and compassion to our Nation’s heroes and
their families,” said Marie Weldon. “We are proud to have such an
amazing and beautiful resource to offer as a home away from home during
their stay in San Antonio. We expect that our Fisher House will be
well-utilized and it is very much appreciated.”
The 16-suite, 13,400 sq.-ft. “comfort home” joins the network of other
Fisher Houses operating in the United States and Europe, and was gifted
to the VA as part of today’s ceremony. This new home will serve the
families of military and Veterans, including those who have suffered
severe multiple traumatic injuries while serving their country. Each
bedroom suite comes equipped with a private, handicapped-accessible
bathroom. Common areas include a fully equipped kitchen, large communal
living, dining and family rooms, and patio.
“We are always proud to dedicate a new Fisher House, because we know it
will serve thousands of families for years to come,” said Ken Fisher.
“This new home represents a special benchmark, our 60th Fisher House in
the world, here in San Antonio, where so many of our military live,
serve, raise their families, and seek out medical care. Whether a
Veteran of past or current conflicts, we owe our Veterans and their
families a debt that can never be repaid.”
The Fisher House program was started by the late Zachary Fisher,
founding partner of Fisher Brothers, a New York City-based real estate
and development firm. After hearing about the challenges military
families faced supporting a loved one in the hospital and the need for
an affordable place to stay, Zachary began to construct comfort homes
that would provide free, temporary lodging for the families of Veterans
and military service members while a loved one was receiving medical
care. In the more than 20 years of the program’s operation, hundreds of
thousands of families have benefited from the accommodations and support
structure of the houses. The model has also been exported to the United
Kingdom, where a Fisher House has been completed in Birmingham, and will
care for families there.
Construction of this Fisher House was supported by: USAA, JW Marriott
San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, the Clear Channel Veterans Day
Campaign, Imperial Brands / Sobieski Vodka, the Iraq Afghanistan
Deployment Impact Fund, Valero Energy Foundation, Jay Leno, Ted L.
McIntyre II and Family, BMI Defense Systems, Inc., Newman’s Own
Foundation, Bill O’Reilly and “The Factor” Viewers, the Greehey Family
Foundation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Wohlers Family
Foundation, the Motorola Foundation, the Tawani Foundation, and
About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes
where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving
treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical
centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital it serves.
Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths.
Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room
and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there
is never a fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and
Veteran families an estimated $200 million in out of pocket costs for
lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using
donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of
injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using
donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near
medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant
program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for
military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled Veterans.
About VA San Antonio Healthcare System
The STVHCS is a highly affiliated tertiary health care system comprised
of three divisions referred to as the Audie L. Murphy Campus, Kerrville
Campus, and Satellite Outpatient Clinic Division. In addition to the
acute care services in medical, surgical, mental health, physical
medicine and rehabilitation, geriatric and primary care, STVHCS provides
specialty care programs in spinal cord injury, community living centers,
domiciliary, substance abuse, bone marrow transplant, and radiation
oncology. As the part of the VA Polytrauma System of Care, STVHCS is one
of five Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers nationwide. STVHCS serves one
of the largest primary service areas in the nation and is part of the VA
Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17).