members visiting hospitalized loved ones at Fort Bragg will have a new
"home away from home." A groundbreaking today
marked the beginning of construction on a new Fisher House.
The current Fisher
House on Fort Bragg opened in 1993, and it has hosted more than 4,000 families
as they visited service members receiving care at Womack Army Medical Center.
The new house will nearly double capacity. The building will be a 10,000
square foot, single-story, 12-bedroom facility located on approximately 2.5
acres. It will also be fully handicapped accessible and closer to
"That one at the time fit the
bill," commented Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Commanding General of the XVIII
Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. "This one now, from location to size to facilities
is going to be an upgrade."
The new Fort Bragg house will be finished in about a year. Kangaroo Express is the
largest single contributor to the construction of the house, having donated
$528,000 of the funds raised during its 2013 "Salute Our Troops®" campaign.
There are 62 Fisher Houses at military and V.A. hospitals around
the country and in Germany and England. Accommodations are always free, and
there's no time limit. Fisher
Houses serve more than 21,000 families every year. Since 1990, the Fisher House
has saved military and veterans' families an estimated $235 million in out of
pocket expenses for lodging and transportation.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>