Forum Index
Jeep Horizons HomeLinksJeep Horizons Tech Write-upsJeep newsLand useContact

 Watched TopicsWatched Topics   FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Help wounded vets' families

Post new topic   Reply to topic     Forum Index -> General BS
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message

Joined: 01 Jan 2004
Location: Uzbekistan

PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:51 am    Post subject: Help wounded vets' families Reply with quote

I saw a story on the news today - there's a VA hospital in Palo Alto, CA that specializes in brain/spinal injuries. They're treating a lot of injured soldiers returning from Iraq, but their families don't really have anywhere to stay unless they rent a motel room which can be quite costly. They hospital is trying to raise money to build a comfort home where the families can stay - similar to a Ronald McDonald house. Fisher House Foundation will match the donated money and there's one nurse who has already donated $5,000 to the cause. Anyway, being as it's tax return season, if you have a little extra, why not donate something?

A non-profit organization plans to build a home near the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto so that the families of soldiers undergoing medical treatment at the facility can stay nearby.

The Fisher House Foundation will match the funds the hospital raises for the construction of what it calls a comfort house. Once the money is raised, the foundation will build and furnish the home, then donate it to the hospital, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital.

Fisher House representatives met with hospital officials last week to discuss the possibility of building one home but determined that the hospital, which enrolled 80,000 veterans last year, really needs two homes, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The number of injured soldiers returning from war poses a challenge for all VA hospitals, Jim Weiskopf, the foundation's spokesman, said.

"They are used to, for years, to having 60- or 70-year-old patients coming through the door, possibly with their 50- or 60-year-old wife. Now they have 20-year-old patients, possibly with their 19-year-old wives and possibly some kids."

The challenge is particularly great for the VA Palo Alto medical center, which operates the national center for post-traumatic stress disorder as well as the spinal cord and traumatic brain injury units for the West Coast, Kerri Childress, the hospital's communications director said.

"We get referrals from all over the country," she said.

Soldiers are often at the hospital for months undergoing rehab and it's costly for family members to stay in Palo Alto hotels, Childress said.

"I will say without any hesitation that we provide some of the best health care in the world for veterans but we are not able to provide the best care for their family," Childress said.

Fisher Houses are built to simulate a real home, rather than a hotel. They are typically about 8,000 square feet and have 11 living suites.

Childress said the homes are conducive to interaction between the different families, who end up counseling and supporting each other, she said.

The Fisher House Program currently has 32 houses in operation, one under construction and two that have been slated for development, Weiskopf said.

According to the organization, its homes have served 8,500 families since the program originated in 1990. The average charge to stay at a Fisher House is less than $10 per family per day and many locations offer rooms at no cost, according to Fisher Homes.

The Palo Alto VA Medical Center has set a $2.5 million fundraising target for the one and possibly even two homes. Fisher Homes will match whatever the hospital raises.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic     Forum Index -> General BS All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Visit for write-ups, forums and clubs

Jeep®, Wrangler, Cherokee, Liberty and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler LLC. is not in any way associated with or endorsed by the Chrysler LLC.
All other content is copyright Jeep Horizons 2004-2008.
Tech write-ups Links Discussion board Land use News Site Map Terms of Use

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group