The dedication ceremony for the new Fisher House, across the street from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, took place today, June 9, 2011.
The new 20-room Fisher House will expand the capacity for a growing demand in family lodging while loved ones are receiving care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.
Approximately 400 veterans, families and VA staff joined Tom McDonough, father of fallen hero Sgt. Brian McDonough (USANG) and chair of the Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation, and Montel Williams, television personality and former Marine, joined Ken Fisher, Chairman of Fisher House Foundation to officially dedicate the second Minneapolis Fisher House here today.
“We are proud to give this Fisher House to the Minneapolis community to help its Veterans and their families,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman of Fisher House. “This home away from home 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. We thank the people of Minneapolis and patriotic Americans everywhere who have stood up to help those who have stood up for us.”
“We thank the Fisher House Foundation and the Fisher Family for its generosity and support of our mission to help our Veterans from all wars across all decades,” said Mr. Steven P. Kleinglass, Minneapolis VA Medical Center Director. “We are certain that the rooms in this house will continue to be filled, as our military families join their wounded warrior loved ones through their medical treatment and rehabilitation.”
The 16,800 sq-ft., two-story “comfort home” will join 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 20 suites, each with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom and common areas that include a multi-cooking station kitchen, large communal dining and family rooms.
Fisher Houses are constructed to provide free, temporary housing to the families of service members and Veterans needing medical care. Enabling 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.”
Founded in 1990, the Fisher House program builds “comfort homes” for families of wounded service members, and other military or Veteran patients, receiving medical treatment at VA and military hospitals around the world. Since its inception, more than 142,000 families have stayed at one or more Fisher Houses – saving more than $165 million in lodging costs alone.
For assistance and more information about staying at the Minneapolis Fisher House visit our Lodging Information website.
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