Tennessee Fisher House – Free Lodging for Families of Veterans Receiving Medical Care
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Don Wright, past president and current board member with the Tennessee Fisher House, who highlights their efforts to provide free lodging for families of veterans receiving medical care. When veterans undergo medical treatment for several weeks, the Tennessee Fisher House provides a place to stay at no cost to their families. The Tennessee Fisher House is located on Alvin C. York VA Medical Center Campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. During the interview, Wright talks about their impact, the feedback from families supported, changes with the pandemic, how the community can support their efforts, and more.
We are dedicated to the enrichment of the quality of life of active duty military, veterans, and their families who stay at the Tennessee Fisher House while a loved one is undergoing extended medical treatment at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System or VA approved facility.
The Fisher House is a home away from home for families of Veterans or Active Duty Military who are undergoing medical treatment at a VA Medical Center or Military Hospital. it is located on the grounds of the Alvin C. York Veterans Administration Medical Center in Murfreesboro. Technically we are the only Fisher House in Tennessee. There is a Fisher House at Fort Campbell which mostly serves active duty Military. Families come from all over Tennessee, North Alabama, North West Georgia, and some from Kentucky. There are 63 in operations located in the US and there is 1 in England and 1 in Germany. There are two under construction. We have 27 on the “Recognized Need” list.
We are 100% volunteer driven. The VA does supply a House Manager, an assistant House Manager, and a Maintenance personnel. The Board is comprised of volunteers – we have board members from Brentwood, Franklin, Smyrna, Nashville, Bell Buckle, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma and Shelbyville. Some members have prior military experience or family who served in the military.
It cost nothing, zero, no charge – all room fees for guest families at all Army, Navy, and Air Force Fisher Houses are paid by Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher Houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs in association with the attached hospital. The Tennessee Fisher House has 12 suites in the 10,000 square foot facility. It features a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and a living room with library, and toys for children. Newest houses are 100% handicap accessible and if two story includes elevators. A Fisher House is a temporary residence and is not a treatment facility, hospice or counseling center.
- Direct Service: volunteering to participate in approved programs and activities with and for the guests at the house under Tennessee Fisher House staff supervision.
- Indirect Service: volunteering to act as a “public relations ambassador” to the community at large by informing friends and neighbors about our mission, our “home away from home” program as well as the role the community can play in assisting this program.
Fisher House™ Foundation and the Fisher House™ program depends of public donations to continue its important work.
Without your help we would not be able to offer necessities and comfort items to our guests so that they do not have to be concerned about anything but their ill, or injured, loved one.
Fisher House Foundation: https://fisherhouse.org/