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Fisher House opens at JB Elmendorf

This single bedroom is one of 12 rooms offered to house military families at the
Alaska Fisher House, which opened Dec. 22. The Fisher House serves patients and families from all branches of the military receiving active medical treatment at the  base hospital or local area hospitals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Cynthia Spalding)

This single bedroom is one of 12 rooms offered to house military families at the Alaska Fisher House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The Fisher House serves patients and families from all branches of the military receiving active medical treatment at the base hospital or local area hospitals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Cynthia Spalding)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) -- The Fisher House of Anchorage officially opened its doors here recently to family members of military patients.

The Fisher House serves patients and families from all branches of the military receiving active medical treatment at the base hospital or local area hospitals.

"The Alaska Fisher House is a compassionate-care facility located within walking distance of the (Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson) hospital and the Veterans Affairs Center," said Lt. Col. Andrea Vinyard, the 673rd Medical Support Squadron commander. "The house provides a comfortable place to stay at no cost to the guest."

The house provides a safe and comfortable home away from home for families in need. There are a total of 12 rooms available.

"We are thrilled to have a Fisher House on JBER, and we are extremely grateful for the incredible generosity and graciousness of the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Foundation," said Col. Robert Evans, the 673rd ABW and JB Elmendorf commander. "Their overwhelming support to military communities, over many years, has made an enormous difference in the lives of so many of our families during the most difficult times."

Eligible guests are active duty, Reservists, Guard, retirees and those receiving care through the Veteran's Administration, and their families, at the base hospital or a local Anchorage facility.

To arrange a stay, visit www.akfisherhouse.org.

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