Fisher House Foundation is constructing its first house in Tennessee. The facility will be located in Murfreesboro and used by the families of veterans receiving medical care at a VA.
Homeland Community Bank has donated $2,000 to the project.
“This is a worthwhile project,” said Homeland Community Bank marketing director Cindy Rogers. “Veterans are in the forefront of people’s minds, but what about the families of veterans? I think people forget about the families. They sacrifice, too.”
Fisher House is a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
There are 56 Fisher Houses located in the United States. Local educator and retired veteran Thomas Vaughn says none of those are in Tennessee.
“We have zero in Tennessee,” he said. “If we were not in the process of building one, we would need one. A family’s love, support and presence is healing for a veteran undergoing treatment.”
Typically, the houses are 5,000 to 16,000 square feet donated by the Fisher House Foundation. Each house is designed to provide eight to 21 suites. The house can accommodate 16 to 24 family members. They feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with library and toys for children.
“Families get all the comforts of home and never pay a penny,” said Vaughn. “I think that’s why some people compare it to the Ronald McDonald House, except Fisher House is for the families of veterans.”
Fisher Houses are given to the U.S. Government as gifts. Military service secretaries and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the homes. The Fisher House Foundation is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.
There are two Veterans Affairs facilities in the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, The Nashville Veterans Hospital in Nashville and the Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro. The Tennessee Fisher House is being built on the Alvin C. York campus. Transportation will be provided.
For more information about the Fisher House Foundation call 615-916-1310 or visit www.TennesseeFisherHouse.org. Donations can be mailed to Tennessee Fisher House Foundation, P.O. Box 774, Brentwood, TN 37024-0774.