Oklahoma tapped to get its first Fisher House

Photo credit Department of Veterans Affairs

The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System has been selected to receive the first Fisher House in Oklahoma.

“This is great news for veterans and their immediate family members,” said Assistant Director Jeff Bennett.

Oklahoma City VA was one of 12 sites recently tapped to receive a Fisher House, according to a blog post.

Fisher Houses are homes away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.

“Support from their loved ones plays an integral role in healing and recovery for veterans,” added Bennett.

Professionally furnished and decorated in the tone and style of the local region, Fisher Houses can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. They feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Newer houses are completely handicap accessible and include elevators.

Fisher Houses are normally located within walking distance of a treatment facility or transportation between the two is available. Typically, the houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square foot homes donated by the Fisher family and Fisher House Foundation. Each house has between 8 and 21 suites.

The Fisher House Foundation constructs the homes on government land (military installations or VA facilities). When complete, the foundation donates the houses to VA or the Department of Defense. The VA Fisher House program plans to expand from 49 to at least 72 Fisher Houses by 2030.

There is not yet a timeline for the construction of the Fisher House in Oklahoma City.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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