AUGUSTA — A ribbon-cutting took place at the state capital Wednesday for a project that honors military veterans.
The Fisher House Foundation is known for providing free housing for military veterans. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the state capital to celebrate a generous donation from the foundation.
“You just can’t say enough good things about what this project means for the veterans of Maine and the ability for us to provide care to them, not just now but in the future,” said Ryan Lilly, the network director of the foundation.
The Fisher House has officially opened its doors. This is the 86th house built to date and is a 13,500 square foot home with 16 suites, a spacious living area, and decorated with décor from a local artist.
Bruce Richard Young is a Corporal United States Marine Corps veteran and said he appreciates this donation because the Fisher House has given him a place to stay.
“It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful, I know the first time I came up here I said, really this is unbelievable,” he said said.
“I really appreciate it, these people do a fantastic job, I really love it,” he said.
Dave Coker is the CEO of the Fisher House Foundation and says his goal is to honor these veterans.
“The American people know how important it is to support their veterans and show their appreciation and fisher house is a great way to do that,” said Coker.
Coker said this is just the beginning.
“We’ve got more houses to build. There will be another opening in Kansas City that will support the medical center. We are going to be starting three more this year down in Bay Pines Florida, Lexington Kentucky, Columbia, and South Carolina,” said Coker.