Ground broken at VA for local Fisher House

first_imgOfficials broke ground Friday on Vancouver’s VA campus for the nation’s 67th Fisher House — which means they’ve learned something since 1990 about building them.A Fisher House is a home away from home for families of veterans or service personnel who are being treated at a military or a Veterans Affairs hospital.One of the original Fisher Houses was built near Washington, D.C., at what now is Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It didn’t take long to recognize an oversight, David Coker, president of the Fisher House Foundation, said.“A soldier had lost his legs and he was wheeled in” to spend some time with his family, Coker said during Friday’s ceremony.The soldier’s family was living on the second floor of the Fisher House, and the only way up was the stairs. “People decided they could put him on a sheet and carry him up the stairs,” Coker said.“You hear that once, and you get elevators.”Vancouver is part of the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Since the Vancouver campus has a lot more open space than Portland’s, a site just across the street from Clark College on the northwest side of Fort Vancouver Way was chosen for the Fisher House.last_img

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