COMING HOME: THE BATTLE

For some veterans the real battle begins when they return home. Now, there’s help for them and their families as they attempt to heal.

Aired on November 9, 2017 & January 26, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, THE NONPROFIT FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION HAS PROVIDED FREE LODGING FOR MORE THAN 300,000 FAMILIES OF PATIENTS RECEIVING MEDICAL CARE AT MAJOR VA AND DEPARTMENTS OF DEFENSE HOSPITALS.

MORE THAN FISHER HOUSES ALLOWING FAMILY AND SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS TO BE CLOSE TO THEIR LOVED ONES TO FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THE HEALING PROCESS.

90 FAMILIES COULD BE STAYING AT A FISHER HOUSE AT NO COST TO THEM.

THE NEW FACILITY WILL PROVIDE FREE LODGING TO FAMILIES AND SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS TREATED AT THE BRONX, VA, THESE TWO HOUSES WILL BE SAVING THEM AROUND $3 MILLION.

WE ARE PROUD TO WELCOME KEN FISHER, THE CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF THE FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION WHO DEDICATED HIS CAREER TO SUPPORTING MILITARY PERSONNEL AND FAMILIES AND WHILE SERVING THE COMANAGING PARTNERS AT FISHER BROTHERS.

ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFULLY OWNED AND MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAD SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS.

IT BRINGS TO MIND THE NOTION OF DOING WELL AND DOING GOOD AND BEING IN A POSITION TO DO GOOD.

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET FOCUS ON THIS IDEA.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF HERE IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO HELP.

WE NEED TO PROVIDE THESE HOUSING FOR FAMILY MEMBERS.

WELL, IT WAS FOUNDED BY MY LATE UNCLE Z, ZACH FISHER, BACKN THE 1990.

IT WAS A BASIC UNDER OFFICIATED NEED.

WHERE DOES THEIR FAMILY STAYS WHEN THEIR LOVED ONES ARE IN THE HOSPITAL?

WHEN THIS WAS BROUGHT TO ZACH'S ATTENTION.

ZACH BEING A DEVELOPER WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE HAD ACCESS NOT ONLY THE CONTRACTORS BUT TO ARCHITECTS AND YOU KNOW WH WHAT -- INSTEAD OF SITTING BACK AND WORRY ABOUT WHAT THE NEEDS AND UNMET NEEDS THERE ARE, ZACH DECIDED TO BE APART OF THE SOLUTION.

HE CALLED UP THE ARCHITECTS AND THEY DESIGN THE FIRST FEW HOUSES.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT SACRIFICES ARE BEING MADE EVERY SINGLE DAY BY THESE FAMILIES OF THE ONES WHO ARE SERVING OR THE ONES WHO HAVE TO SERVE, THESE ARE SFIACRIFICES THAT WE TAKE F GRANT IT AND WE REALLY NEED TO HONOR AND THAT'S WHY WE WORK SO HARD IN THIS.

WE ARE CERTAINLY FOCUSING ON VETERANS COMING BACK.

AS YOU JUST MENTIONED A MINUTE AGO AND WHAT THAT WE WANT TO IGNORE THE FAMILIES BUT WE DON'T ALWAYS THINK OF THEIR ROLE, NOT JUST SORT OF BEING THERE BUT IN THE HEALING PROCESS.

THE ENTIRE FAMILY SURGE, YOU KNOW THAT AND YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND THESE ISSUES FOR QUITE SOMETIME.

THE ENTIRE FAMILY SERVES.

WHAT I ALWAYS SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND HOW I ZRIDESCRIBE IO PEOPLE IS CAN YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF BEING IN THE HOSPITAL AND NOT HAVING FAMILY SUPPORT.

I WOULD BET YOU THAT IT WOULD AFFECT PHYSICALLY HEALING AND MENTAL HEALING AS WELL.

IT IS NOT JUST THE HOSPITAL'S SAY, IT IS ALSO WHEN THEY ARE RELEASED, THE REHABILITATION AND SO FORTH.

THE FAMILY PLAYS A ROLE IN THAT, TOO.

THAT'S WHY THERE ARE FISHER HOUSES IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS BECAUSE WE HAD FAMILIES THAT USED TWO FISHER HOUSES AND THEY HAVE GONE FROM DOD FACILITY TO A A FACILITY WHERE THERE IS BEEN FISHER HOUSES.

WE HAD FAMILIES STAYING AS LONG AS A YEAR AND COMBINED HOUSES BECAUSE THEY GONE FROM THE HEALING PROCESS NOW.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW FOR A FACT IS THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE LIVING THROUGH CATASTROPHIC WOUNDS THAT'S FATAL, SAY VIETNAM.

NOW IT IS ALMOST 95% AND HIGHER.

THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE LIVING THROUGH HORRIFIC WOUNDS.

WHAT IT MEANS IS LONGER HOSPITAL STAYS AND REHABILITATIONS.

THEY ARE DESIGNED THE SAME WAY OF THE INTERIOR.

WHEN YOU HAVE A FORMULA THAT WORKS, YOU STICK WITH IT WHEN FAMILIES CAN GET TOGETHER AND DECOMPRESS AND WHAT'S HAPPENED INSIDE THE HOUSES IS THAT A SUPPORT SYSTEM IS FORMED.

WHEN THEY COME TO A FISHER HOUSE, THEY'RE NOT GIVING UP ANYTHING.

A TYPICAL HOME WOULD COST 6 MILLION TO BUILD.

WE WANT THESE FACILITIES AND HOMES TO REALLY BE AND HONOR THE SACRIFICES THAT THESE FAMILIES HAVE MADE.

AND WHEN THEY WALK IN IS A GREAT THRILL AND WOW, THEY CAN STAY FOR FREE.

IT HELPS THEM AND THAT'S WHEN THOER HEALING BEGINS.

YOU HAVE DEVOTED A GREAT DEAL AND THE EPIPHANY OF DOING WELL AND DOING GOOD.

WE CERTAINLY THANK YOU AND IT IS MARVELOUS WORKING AND I HOPE WE'LL GET BACK TOGETHER AND TALK SOME MORE.

LOVE TO.

THANK YOU AGAIN.

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Funders

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