New Fisher House Dedicated in Gainesville
GAINESVILLE- The Fisher House Foundation is growing, this time in North Central Florida.
The near 6 million dollar project was officially unveiled today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and public tours.
The new house at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center is the 63rd in the country to be opened.
The opening came after a dedication ceremony emceed by TV20’s own David Snyder.
Fisher houses are meant to be a place for families of wounded soldiers to stay for free while they receive treatment.
President of the Fisher House Foundation, David Coker explains how important the service is, “When they’re coming back from overseas, the military healthcare system in many ways saves their lives and it’s up to the VA healthcare system to give them back their lives through rehabilitation and helping to find out what that new normal is.”
Members of all branches of the military were honored at the dedication.
The new facility has a capacity of 20 suites each complete with handicapped accessible bathroom.
One of the largest local contributors to the project was the Cade foundation with a donation of one million dollars.
The next next Fisher House is scheduled to open within the next few weeks at Travis Air Force Base in California.
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