Comfort Home For Military Families Joins Network Of More Than 50 Others Worldwide
General James F. Amos, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, joined Ken Fisher, Chairman of Fisher House Foundation and veterans and their families to officially dedicate the new Fisher House Wounded Warriors Barracks Compound at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 3, 2011.
The 10,000 sq-ft., one-story “comfort home” is the first to be built at a Marine Corps installation and joins the network of more than 50 Fisher Houses operating in the United States and Germany and was gifted to the military as part of the ceremony. The house consists of 12 suites, each with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom and common areas that include a multi-cooking station kitchen, large communal dining and family rooms.
“Once again, we gather to give a gift that will help our military families at a challenging and complicated time of their lives, as they put everything on hold to be at the bedside of a loved one needing urgent medical care,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman of Fisher House. “The generosity of the American people is what makes the Fisher House program possible – and it is the selfless sacrifice of our men and women in uniform that sustains our effort to ensure nothing short of the best for them.”
Fisher Houses are constructed to provide free, temporary housing to the families of servicemembers needing medical care. The ability of allowing family members to be near a loved one in a time of need – often without warning or the ability to muster the financial resources to do so – is a core concept of the Fisher House motto: “A Family’s Love is Good Medicine.”
The evening before the ceremony, Mr. Fisher was named an “Honorary Marine” by General Amos, for his work on behalf of the United States military and, in particular, the Marines. Only 74 other people have received the honor in the 235 year history of the USMC.
About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.
Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $165 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members. To date, Hero Miles has provided over 21,000 airline tickets to our military and their families. 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.