Borne The Battle 146: Dave Coker – Army Veteran, President of the Fisher House Foundation


Fisher houses are a vital part of helping Veterans heal. If there is an open room in a Fisher House next to a VA or military medical facility, a family can join in their Veteran’s recovery at no lodging cost. Today, two new Fisher houses opened at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City.

Fisher House Bronx Rendering

Rendering of the two new “Tudor” style Fisher Houses opening today in the Bronx. (Courtesy Fisher House Foundation)

When compared against local commercial lodging, these two 16-suite homes will save families up to three million dollars a year. Realistically though, nobody can put a price tag on having your family right beside you during a long-term rehabilitation. These two new homes will join the 70+ Fisher Houses currently in operation around the world. A recent blog by Fisher House states the by the end of the year, the Fisher House Network will be able to provide for over 1,000 families at any given time.

In addition, James J. Peters Medical Center is a regional home to VA exoskeleton research. These two new homes will allow Veterans from outside of the local Bronx area to take part in studies that will not only help the Veteran community but will help millions walk again. The Bronx VA is also the regional referral center for kidney transplants, dialysis, bariatric, microvascular and robotic surgery. It is also the regional medical center for amputee, polytrauma and traumatic brain injury care.

To mark today’s event, today’s interview is the current President of the Fisher House Foundation, Army Veteran David Coker.

We talked about:
  • his family’s extensive military service
  • his personal service as an Army medical officer
  • his transition in the 90s how he came to be the very first employee of the Fisher House Foundation.
  • the unique way that the foundation got its name.



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Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra has been a video producer for the VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since October of 2018. He is a Marine Corps Veteran, having served as a Combat Videographer. During his military career, he deployed to Iraq in 2005 as well as to Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Germany, France and Spain as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.