News: BAMC Fisher House celebrates 19th anniversary
Story by Maria Gallegos
SAN ANTONIO - Brooke Army Medical Center’s Fisher House celebrated its 19th anniversary Sept. 23, as well as the birthday of late Zachary Fisher, who would have turned 102 years old.
The late Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth, founder of the Fisher Houses, were well known for their continuous support and dedication for veterans and their families.
“This day could not have been a success without the support from our community, our volunteers and our staff,” said Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, commander of Brooke Army Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Command as he welcomed guests and many of the local community supporters of the Fisher Houses. “Thank you for all you do.”
Wong also stressed the importance of the Fisher Houses and how it was important for the wounded warriors and their families.
“The great thing about the Fisher House is that there is no lodging cost for patients or their families,” he said. “These costs are covered by the Fisher House Foundation, which is a huge relief for many, if not all, for our residents.”
Since 1990, the Fisher House Foundation has built almost 58 comfort homes throughout the United States, Germany and veterans medical centers. A new Fisher House is currently under construction, next to the Audie Murphy VA hospital in San Antonio; it is scheduled to open this year.
The Fisher House mission is to support the wounded service members and their families by offering comfortable living situations in their times of medical crisis and utmost needs.
“Fisher House is very important for our wounded warriors and their families,” said Inge Godfrey, Fisher House manager since 1990. “Staying together is the best medicine for faster healing and self-improvement.”
BAMC has four Fisher Houses located near the medical center, servicing more than 500 family members per year.
“We do this every year to thank our BAMC staff for their support and also to remember Mr. and Mrs. Fisher for their generosity and their continued support for our wounded warriors and their families,” Godfrey said.
For more information about the Fisher House, log onto HTTP://www.fisherhouse.org or call 1-888-294-8560.