FLOTUS helps open new Fisher Houses
December 2nd, 2010
05:28 PM ET

FLOTUS helps open new Fisher Houses

First Lady Michelle Obama today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of 3 new Fisher Houses at the National Navy Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.   The three house will accommodate more than 60 families of patients receiving care at nearby military medical centers.  "Houses like this one allow them to leave behind their worries about costs and logistics and focus on what  matters most – helping their loved ones heal," said Mrs. Obama.  

The three new homes join two others already operating on the Bethesda Medical Campus.   The Fisher House Foundation now has 53 homes across the country that have served more than 130 thousand families – saving more than $150 million dollars in lodging costs to families of military personnel.

During her opening remarks, the First Lady emphasized the importance of getting first-rate medical care for American military personnel.  But Mrs. Obama also pointed out the importance of having a loved one there to offer encouragement and support.  "That is what Fisher House provides.. that chance to be together when they need each other the most."   Before cutting the ribbon, the First Lady said Fisher House reminds Americans of the fact that "when our men and women in Uniform are called to serve, their families serve too.  Their sacrifice is their family's sacrifice as well." 

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family • The Visuals

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