There is a new Fisher House in Nebraska -- the state's first.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, in partnership with Fisher House Foundation, opened the facility Sept. 9.
The Fisher House features 16 fully furnished suites in a two-story 13,000 square foot facility that will serve as a "home away from home" for the families of veterans and military service members receiving treatment at the Omaha VA Medical Center, according to a release.
"The people of Omaha understand the contributions veterans and their families have made to this great nation. This new home is their way to honor that service and sacrifice,” said Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation Ken Fisher.
The facility was constructed by Fisher House Foundation and gifted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Work on the project began roughly one year ago. It is the 88th such facility constructed by Fisher House Foundation and the first to be built in Nebraska.
"This is another exciting addition to our Omaha VA Medical Center campus that will provide our veterans and families with an unprecedented level of comfort and ease of mind as their veterans or military service members receive the medical care they need and deserve," said B. Don Burman, director of VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care.
The Omaha Fisher House includes a large dining room, library, living room, fully stocked kitchen and laundry facilities, and an exterior patio. Each of the suites includes a private, wheelchair-accessible bathroom.
"Our goal is to provide our guests with a level of comfort and service that will allow them to better focus on supporting the needs of their loved one. This amazing house will allow us to do just that,” said Omaha Fisher House Manager Colleen Vonderhaar.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a dedication ceremony has been postponed until the future. A virtual tour is available here.