Fisher House Breaks Ground on a Second Home For VA Palo Alto Health Care System

February 12, 2018

Military non-profit begins work to expand support with new 20-suite Fisher House to serve veterans and their families

Fisher House Foundation Trustee Lynne Pace and spouse General Peter Pace, USMC, the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined VA Palo Alto Health Care System Director Tony Fitzgerald today, to break ground on a second much-needed Fisher House to serve military and veterans’ families. The 20-suite Fisher House will provide a free, temporary refuge for families supporting their loved one hospitalized for wounds, injuries, or illnesses. The second Palo Alto Fisher House is expected to open by early 2019.

“There is no greater partner for VA and Veterans than Fisher House,” said Tony Fitzgerald, Director, VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  “On behalf of all Veterans who can heal with their loved ones by their side, I say thank you to Fisher House and the communities that support their mission.  The impact you make on the lives of Veterans and their families is immeasurable.”

The first Fisher House at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System opened in April 2006.  Fisher House I has served over 10,000 families since then, and regularly has a waiting list.  A second Fisher House will expand daily capacity to forty families.

Fisher House Foundation President David Coker, also in attendance: “We are committed to ensuring that the Fisher House program serves our Veterans’ needs.  With the special care offered at VA Palo Alto, a second home has long been in demand, and we are excited to work with the Bay Area community to make it a reality.”

Construction of this Fisher House is supported by: An Anonymous Donor, The Listeners of Armstrong & Getty, Oath Employees, and Samsung Electronics America.