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Fisher House Breaks Ground in Boston

Organization Helps Families of New England Veterans Undergoing Medical Treatment

BOSTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fisher House Boston announced today that construction has begun on a new facility that will provide free accommodations to families of New England veterans undergoing medical treatment at VA medical facilities. Fisher House Boston will serve the New England region. Community leaders, elected officials and representatives from the Fisher House Foundation celebrated the start of construction with a groundbreaking for Fisher House Boston. U.S. Senator John Kerry joined Michelle Keating, Chairwoman of Fisher House Boston, Michael Lawson, Director of the VA Boston Healthcare System, Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Network Director of VA New England and David Coker of the Fisher House Foundation in the ceremony. Fisher House Boston will provide families of loved ones who are being treated at the West Roxbury VA Hospital with a warm and caring home away from home at no charge. The success in treating injured veterans directly relates to the ability of loved ones and families to be near them during the recovery process.

"We are honored to be bringing the first Fisher House to the New England region, where there are thousands of veterans who will need critical medical treatment," said Michelle Keating, Chairwoman of Fisher House Boston. "Keeping patients near their families as they are undergoing treatment has been proven to enhance the healing process. Fisher House Boston will enhance the quality of care received by patients of the West Roxbury VA Medical Center by bridging the gap between injured service members and families who would otherwise be separated by distance."

The Fisher House Boston will feature 20 suites, a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a spacious dining room, a living room with a library and toys for children. In order to complete construction of the building, Fisher House Boston is planning to raise $3 million in private donations. The Fisher House Foundation will match the funds raised to finish the new home.

"We have a solemn obligation to help this new generation of service members to heal from the scars of battle, both seen and unseen," Senator Kerry said. "And we have a solemn obligation to support them - and to support their families as they make the difficult transition back to life at home. The mission of Fisher House is about keeping a sacred promise. It is about love of country. And it is about protecting those who have risked their lives to protect ours."

"Many of our patients travel from the furthest points in New England to receive the special care and rehabilitation offered by VA Boston Healthcare System, with family members often incurring hefty expenses to be by their side," said Michael Lawson, Director of the VA Boston Healthcare System. "In the not too distant future, we will be opening the doors to the Fisher House Boston, and in doing so we will relieve these families of an enormous burden and allow them to focus on helping their loved ones to heal."

About Fisher Houses and the Fisher House Foundation

More than 10,000 families are helped each year in the 42 Fisher Houses nationwide. The Fisher House Foundation has asked that family members of hospitalized active duty service members and veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) be given high priority for lodging at Fisher Houses. Fisher Houses and the Fisher House Foundation play a crucial role in helping veterans recover from the serious wounds they have suffered. Fisher Houses enable family members to be close to their loved ones during hospitalization and gives them a safe, comfortable, home-like environment, making it easier for them to participate in the care and recovery of their loved ones.

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