VA Medical Center and Fisher House Foundation Dedicate New Fisher House
Washington, DC - Former US Senators Robert and Elizabeth Dole will join VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert A. Petzel and Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO Ken Fisher to dedicate the newest Fisher House on the campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, DC (DCVAMC), today, Thursday, September 8.
The dedication ceremony marks the conclusion of a two-year construction project and begins a new era of service to Veterans’ families for the Medical Center. Mrs. Sherry Holloway is the first resident of the house. Her husband, Veteran Thomas Holloway is undergoing treatment at the Medical Center.
The 17,000 square foot “comfort home” joins a network of more than 50 Fisher Houses operating in the U.S. and Germany and will be gifted to VA during the ceremony today. The Department of Veterans Affairs will operate and maintain the home.
Construction of this Fisher House was supported by; Charity Works, the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, CSC, ManTech International, OshKosh Defense, Newman’s Own Foundation, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner, LLP, BAE Systems, Fisher Brothers, L-3 Communications, Leah and Jacques Gansler, Mark Lowham and Joseph Ruzzo, and News Talk 630 WMAL Radio, among many others.
Founded in 1990, the Fisher House program builds homes for families of wounded service members and military or Veteran patients receiving medical treatment at VA and military hospitals around the world. Since its inception, more than 142,000 families have stayed at one or more Fisher Houses – saving more than $165 million in lodging costs alone.
The Washington DC VA Medical Center is among the most dynamic and innovative hospitals in the VA system, providing quality health care to over 80,000 Veterans in Washington, DC, the Maryland suburbs, southern Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The Medical Center is located on 50 Irving St., N.W. in Washington DC. To learn more about the Washington DC VA Medical Center, visit www.washingtondc.va.gov.