When folks are wounded in combat, it’s never a single person affected by injuries like gunshots, amputations and traumatic brain injuries. Families are swept up in the process immediately, receiving difficult and constantly updated information about loved ones. They often need to relocate suddenly and quickly to medical facilities where their loved one is receiving care.
Thankfully, the Fisher House Foundation has filled a vital gap in care for years: providing a comfortable lodging space for families of injured troops. Over 160,000 families have been served since 1990 across 58 Fisher Houses at DoD and VA facilities, which feel more like home than temporary living quarters.
VA Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Dr. Tommy Sowers was on hand to participate in the grand opening of yet another facility in San Antonio. The 13,400 square foot facility features 16 bedroom suites, each equipped with a handicap-accessible bathroom.
Families of injured active duty, reserve, National Guard troops and Veterans don’t pay anything to stay there, which has saved these families nearly $200 million in lodging costs since 1990.
The newly opened Fisher House in San Antonio is the 23rd on VA grounds, and the third in Texas. Over the next several years that number is expected to climb to 40 in the next several years—and expanding touchstones of compassion and care in the process.