Community Minute: Lodging for families of military members near medical treatment facilities | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Community

Filed Under:

Community Minute: Lodging for families of military members near medical treatment facilities

Play associated audio

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The facilities are a home away from home for families military family members who travel to be close to their loved ones during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. All family members are allowed to stay at the homes free of charge.

Fisher House operates five comfort homes in the region: at Andrews Air Force Base, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Walter Reed annex in Silver Spring, in Maryland; at Fort Belvoir, Va., and in the District at the Washington VA Medical Center. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 12,000 families nationally.

For more information, contact:
Fisher House Foundation
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(888) 294-8560
info@fisherhouse.org

NPR

Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.
NPR

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.