New Fisher House will help veterans

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I am asking all veterans in the CSRA to help with getting the rest of the funds for the Fisher House to be built at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Administration Medical Center on Wrightsboro Road.

Fisher House provides a place to stay for the families of patients receiving prolonged medical care. We have only one Fisher House at Fort Gordon, and it has only seven bedrooms. With the Charlie Norwood VAMC as a leader in rehabilitation and therapy for our soldiers returning from Iraq, the Fisher House at Fort Gordon is not large enough to take care of the demand for the soldiers' and veterans' families.

Laurie Ott and former U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard need our help in raising the remaining funds for a Fisher House to be built at the Charlie Norwood VAMC. Our brave men and women in the military put their lives on the line every day so we can be free. Now is the time to repay these brave men and women for the sacrifices they made so we can enjoy and value our freedom we so cherish today.

The CSRA must support this new Fisher House to show our continuous support and dedication to the brave people who have sacrificed so much and ask so little. With the recent economy, I know a lot of people are on fixed incomes, so all I am asking is for people to donate what they can afford. Remember, every donation, large or small, will help our community show our brave soldiers and veterans that we are here to support them and their families.

Please make checks payable to the Augusta VA Fisher House, P.O. Box 31358, Augusta, GA 30903.

Willie Davis Jr.


(The writer is the chief of staff for the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Georgia.)

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shamrock 03/14/09 - 08:43 am
While I think this a a worthy

While I think this a a worthy cause ... my question is why can't our tax-supported, pork-stimulus money be spent on projects like this?

I4PUTT 03/14/09 - 08:57 am
This is a worthy cause and

This is a worthy cause and should be supported locally. As for ear marks, they're either right or wrong, can't have it both ways.

disssman 03/14/09 - 01:06 pm
Actuall sahamrock, I wonder

Actuall sahamrock, I wonder why the govt dosen't pick up the tab for family members whose love ones are hospitalized for war reasons? And I mean food, rent and transportation. That would be the sensible thing for us to do. The congress is quick to say" we thank you for your service" except when it comes to showing that thanks. I will give to this, even though I feel a house costing $250,000 per bedroom is a little steep, especially when it is on ground that isn't paid for. BTW this project is touted as being for "active duty" military, I just hope they won't turn away a soldier who is still being treated for injuries after release from active duty.

fftaz71 03/14/09 - 07:26 pm
Fisher house is for the

Fisher house is for the FAMILIES of active duty or veterans recieving prolonged medical care. Its similar in concept to the Ronald McDonald houses so that the families can be with their loved ones who are being treated. The families stay at the Fisher houses for free...its by law that there is no charge at any Fisher house operated by the Dept of Veterans Affairs. The Fisher houses individually operated by the Army, Navy and Air Force are reimbursed through the Fisher House Foundation. This is information straight off the Fisher House website's About Us page. Fisher House also supports several scholarship programs for military children, the HERO miles program and co sponsors the Newmans Own award.
Dissman...its too bad you look at the fact that the land isnt generating tax dollars. There was way more sacrifice made for the buildings that stand on that land than any dollar amount could ever equal.

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