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Thursday
Dec022010

First Lady Dedicates Homes for Ailing Service Members & Veterans

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- At Bethesda Naval Medical Center, first lady Michelle Obama dedicated three new residences which will provide free lodging for veterans, service members and their families while they or a loved one are treated at a nearby hospital.

“Often, in order to heal, our service members need more than just the best medical treatment.  They also need folks who will travel that road to recovery with them,” Mrs. Obama said.  “That is what Fisher House provides for so many military families.  That chance to be together when they need each other most.  Houses like this one allow them to leave behind their worries about costs and logistics and focus on what matters most, helping their loved ones heal.”

The residences were donated to the military by the Fisher House Foundation, which has provided 53 homes at military and VA medical centers across the country.  The residences at Bethesda Naval Medical Center will provide free lodging to up to 60 families of veterans and service members seeking treatment at nearby facilities.  Fisher Homes consist of between eight and 21 suites with private bedrooms and baths, with families sharing a kitchen, dining and living area.

“This house and others like it across the country remind us of a simple truth that when our men and women in uniform are called to serve, their families serve too.  Their sacrifice is their families sacrifice as well,” Mrs. Obama said.  “And that’s particularly true in times of crisis when our service members and veterans are sick or wounded and are struggling to get well again.” 

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