Fisher House: a “home away from home” for Veterans’ families


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VA is proud to work with a variety of charities and programs dedicated to supporting Veterans and their families. One of our partners is Fisher House Foundation—a not-for-profit organization that builds comfort homes where military families can stay free of charge while their loved ones receive medical treatment nearby. Thirty-two out of 72 total Fisher Houses are located at VA medical campuses nationwide with new constructions currently underway.

In the mid-1970’s, Pauline Trost was inspired to provide affordable, temporary housing for military families in crisis. With the support of her husband, Admiral Carlisle Trost, she presented the idea to friends and philanthropists Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, who promptly agreed to invest in the project. In 1991, the first Fisher House opened its doors. Today, Fisher Houses feature up to 21 private bedroom/bathroom suites with shared areas: kitchen, laundry facilities, dining room and living room. The accommodations allow families of Veterans receiving care at a VA hospital to stay within walking distance for the duration of treatment. Since the program’s launch, Fisher House has helped over 335,000 military families—including 30,000+ in 2017—and saved them around $407 million in lodging and transportation costs.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, which provides round-trip airfare for service members and their families requiring treatment at a military or VA medical center. The program is supported by frequent flyer donations from individuals. Are you ready to help make the road to healing smoother for Veterans and their families? You, too, can make a difference—explore our available positions and apply today.

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  1. PAUL TENENBAUM    

    DID THE VA JUST WAKE UP? THE FISHER (ADMIRAL FISHER) HOMES HAVE BEEN AROUND AND AVAILABLE TO VETERANS AND FAMILIES UNDERIGOING TREATMENTS AND RECOVERY FOR YEARS.
    MY VETERANS GROUP HAD BEEN DONATING FUNDS IN GOOD NUMBERS.

    1. Tom Jenks    

      Paul,,. Thank you for supporting your Fisher House, we in Cleveland are having two built now, with very much support from the VA.
      Tom Jenks
      President
      Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County

  2. Lynn Hammock    

    The Fisher House was amazing and so hospitable. My family stayed there while my Uncle received his medical needs.
    I was so impressed and they were too.
    Thank you to the staff that cleans and stocks the Fisher House’s. Thank you to the Administration for making the houses available to family members.
    I truly appreciate all that was provided and the support that was given.
    Lynn Hammock

  3. Disney Christmas    

    Thank God for these type of family services. Our military families deserve all the help they can get.

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