Fisher Houses ease financial burden, stress
By Clay Carey, USA TODAY
Carol Thomas had gotten used to sleeping on recliners and hospital couches every once in a while as her husband, Bobby, got treatment for kidney and heart problems at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital near Chicago.
But when doctors discovered cancer and had to remove Bobby’s kidneys, the Glenwood, Ill., couple learned they would be in for an extended stay.
Instead of hospital couches, Carol said she now has a real bed at a home made for families such as hers while doctors work on her husband, a 64-year-old Army veteran who served in Vietnam.
That’s because an organization called Fisher House opened a facility near the Illinois hospital in March — the most recently opened of 45 houses across the country that offer free lodging to veterans who have to travel more than 50 miles to get treatment at government-run Veterans Affairs hospitals, said Cindy Campbell, community liaison with the national Fisher House Foundation. Their families can stay for free, too. Continue reading
Help support wounded vets with Fisher House
LISA MARCHESONI, Post Contributor
Posted: Sunday, July 4, 2010 5:35 am
Since Americans aren’t rationing for the war, Andrea Lawrence suggests they support the war effort by building a home for out-of-town veterans and their families treated at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
The combined York VA Medical Center and the Veterans Hospital in Nashville comprise the sixth largest VA medical center in the country and treat veterans throughout the south for organ replacements, heart surgeries and joint replacements.
Lawrence, of Brentwood, president of the Tennessee Fisher House Foundation, proposes to build a $6.7 million Tennessee Fisher House at York’s campus. The house will provide lodging and meals for up to 20 patients and families who travel more than 50 miles away for treatment.
“Hotels can be extremely expensive for a family, especially on a lengthy stay,” Lawrence said. “If you figure $100 a night for a 15-night stay, that costs money.” Continue reading