Safe, comfortable and affordable housing for families of veterans being treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in St. Louis is moving closer to reality as VA refines its plans for a new Fisher House.
"This new Fisher House gives veterans and military families a home-like environment, allowing them to be near their loved ones during their recoveries," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. "This wonderful new facility will allow patients to focus on their treatment and permit them to receive the full benefit of VA's world-class care."
The new Fisher House will be built on the grounds of the Jefferson Barracks Division of the St. Louis VA Medical Center. The Fisher House is 100 percent handicapped accessible and will have 21 bedrooms or suites and several common use areas.
Fisher Houses are built through public donations and contributions from the Fisher House Foundation. VA assumes responsibility for operating costs of the finished homes.
Currently, VA has Fisher Houses in Albany, N.Y.; Bay Pines, Fla.; Cincinnati; Denver; Houston; Minneapolis; Palo Alto, Calif.; West Palm Beach and Tampa, Fla. Fisher Houses are under construction at VA facilities in Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, and Richmond, Va. Another Fisher House is planned for VA in Boston.
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