60th Fisher House opens in San Antonio
Alamo City now home to highest concentration of homes away from home for families of Wounded Warriors
The 60th Fisher House opened on Wurzbach Parkway in the Medical Center Thursday afternoon.
For Ken Fisher, the chairman and CEO of the Fisher Foundation, it is a bittersweet milestone.
"The need to have grown to this level is sad, but at the same time, there is good," Fisher said.
Thousands of families of Wounded Warriors have been able to take advantage of the services the houses provide while their loved one receives care.
"It will relieve the burden of where they are going to stay. It will relieve the financial burden and it will honor their sacrifices," Fisher said.
The fact that they can go somewhere where others are familiar with their struggles is powerful medicine.
"They can share the joy of the good days, the sorrow of the bad days, but they're with people in the same circumstance as their own," Fisher said.
Helen Bomar's husband is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and is paralyzed with a spinal injury.
She is staying at the Fisher House while he receives treatment in the Medical Center, and enjoys the camaraderie the house provides.
"We all sit around in the evening and talk. We talk about where we are from and our families and what we like to do and its wonderful," Bomar said.
This is the eighth Fisher House in San Antonio. No city is home to more.
"This is the epicenter of military medicine and when you think about the highest concentration of houses, its only natural that it be here," Fisher said.
The house will be a home away from home for military families for years to come.
"The deserve something like this, and we're proud to be able to provide it," Fisher said.
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