The Fisher House Foundation offers a place away from home for families of active military members and veterans. Families of patients receiving medical care are given free, temporary lodging while their loved ones go through treatment.
"We cover the whole state, and so a lot of our patients might be traveling two, three, four, or even five hours sometimes just to get here," said the Maine V.A. Healthcare Director Ryan Lilly. "In a circumstance like that, anything we can do to make it more convenient for them and their family, we want to do that.
Fisher Houses are located at major military and V.A. medical centers throughout the U.S., Germany and United Kingdom. There are currently 76 houses, which have served 335,000 families since the programs inception.
"Just the quality of care increases when your loved ones are there to support you and hep you through whatever it is you're getting treatment for," said Lilly.
The project is funded entirely by the foundation and construction is set to be complete by the fall of 2019.