Rep. John K. Delaney, U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District
No military or veteran family should have to choose between paying their bills and being together while one of our nation’s heroes is in the hospital. Our national values demand that we assist the families of our men and women in uniform, especially at the time of their greatest need. That’s why I’m proud to support the Fisher House Foundation, which has helped service members and veterans receiving hospital care be with their families for over two decades. In facilities around the country, Fisher House provides free lodging for families who have a loved one in the hospital.
During consideration of the Department of Defense budget in the House of Representatives, I introduced an amendment to double federal support for Fisher House. My amendment would allow Fisher House to build new facilities, and provides for a fiscally-responsible increase in funding, fully paid for as part of the defense budget. The Fisher House measure was adopted with bipartisan support and included in the final bill, which passed the House on June 11.
I’ve pushed for increased funding for Fisher House each of the last three years and will continue to do so because Fisher House is serving a tremendous need. Many of the patients in military and veterans hospitals require long stays, which can place a large financial hardship on families who don’t live near the hospital, which is very common. That’s where Fisher House comes in, providing families with lodging near the hospital that is always 100 percent free.
For the last 25 years, Fisher House has made a difference for families in need. Since 1990, over 250,000 families have been helped by Fisher House, receiving over five million days of lodging. Last year, over 25,000 families were served at the 65 Fisher Houses in operation. The Fisher House Foundation builds and operates these homes, creating a permanent asset that can be used for years.
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