Since its opening in 2006, Fort Campbell’s Fisher House has served 718 Families and provided 6,252 nights of lodging – saving those in need almost $750,000 in food and lodging expenses.
The Fisher House held a barbecue and meet-and-greet Sept. 26, where non-profit organizations gathered to offer their services to wounded warriors and their Families while celebrating the 103rd birthday of Zachery Fisher – founder of the Fisher House.
Representatives from non-profit organizations specializing in education, medical services and job resources mingled with Blanchfield Army Community Hospital staff, WTB cadre, Fort Campbell Soldiers and Families during the celebration.
“I reached out to non-profit organizations who specifically had something to offer our wounded warriors,” said Wendy Carlston, manager of the Fort Campbell Fisher House. “It’s also an opportunity for the community, the WTB Cadre and Soldiers to come over and see what we are about, because so many people as they rotate in and out don’t fully understand the mission of the Fisher House.”
Established in 1990, the Fisher House Foundation has saved Soldiers, Veterans and their Families an estimated $200 million in lodging and travel expenses.
The first two Fisher Houses were opened in 1991, now there are 62 total establishments across the Nation that have provided more than 4.7 million days of lodging to service members and their Families in need.
“The Fisher House provides a home away from home for military Families who are actively receiving medical treatment,” Carlston explained.
“This would be a place where they could stay, easy access to the hospital. They don’t have to go in and out the gate. That way they can be over at the hospital with that Family member.”
Master Sgt. Kelvin Fennell, secretary of the post’s Audie Murphy Club, said the Fisher House offers an important service to those it helps.
“… It’s a big project that helps not just the local installation, but Soldiers as a whole,” he said.
“If a single Soldier gets in an accident in the local area [and] parents can’t afford lodging and they need to stay for a long period of time; they can stay at the Fisher house, no cost to themselves ... So it’s a win-win situation ...”
The Fisher House family believes that Family is part of healing, as is evident in the organization’s slogan: “Because Family is good medicine.”