Fisher House providing comfort and support

Fisher House providing comfort and support (WKEF/WRGT)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (WKEF/WRGT) - The Fisher House is continuing to make a major impact in the Miami Valley for veterans and their families and soon, a new location will open its doors.

Inside the Fisher House at Wright-Patterson Air Force, you'll find a place built on support and driven by love.

"Fisher Houses are compassionate care homes like a Ronald McDonald House, but the mission of the Fisher House is to support the wounded, injured and ill service men and women and their families," said Chris Stanley, with the Fisher-Nightingale Houses Incorporated. "Here, military people, veterans, it doesn't matter we bond together and support each other and take care of each other. This is a home environment. This is not a hotel."

Stanley said veterans from all over world come to Wright-Patterson Medical Center for inpatient and outpatient medical treatment.

"Your first and only concern is getting to their bedside," Stanley said. "Not where are you going to stay; how you're going to take care of that; how much you're going to pay. You just want to get to their bedside."

That's where the Fisher House comes in, providing a place for veterans and their families to stay at no cost. And it's a place full of all the amenities of home and then some. There are Fisher Houses all around the United States serving more than 30,000 families in 2017. Soon, a second Miami Valley location will open, this time at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

"This new Fisher House will be about 125 yards from the entrance to the medical center," Stanley said. "So families will be able to stay in the comfort and confines of the Fisher House, again free of charge. And they'll be able to walk back and forth between the Fisher House and the medical center to see their veteran that's being treated."

A gift for families and a piece of mind for veterans.

For more information about the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base location you can click here.

To learn more about the history of the Fisher House and the locations around the United States, you can click here.

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