Fisher Houses are residences that provide temporary lodging for members of U.S. Armed Services, veterans, and their families during a medical crisis. They provide a warm environment where families and friends can stay close to one another and nurture one another in time of need.
Hardball visited the Fisher House in Walter Reed Army Medical Center to see how America’s bravest are doing there. As soldiers and their families spend their holidays rehabilitating, Chris Matthews shares two amazing stories about life in the Fisher House, the long road to recovery, and the soldiers' hopes for the future.
The Walter Reed Army Medical Center has treated 150 amputees from the Iraq war. American millitary hospitals collectively have had 200 amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, three of them triple amputees. By mid-November this year, 10,369 American troops are known to have been wounded in battle in Afghanistan or Iraq.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. These sites were selected by the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, Air Force, respective Surgeons General and Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Annually, Fisher Houses serve more than 8,500 families, and have made available nearly 1,750,000 days of lodging to family members since the program originated.
Here is the story of one of America's Bravest:
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Who are the Fishers?
About the Fisher Foundation
How you can help
If you want to donate to the soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Call the Family Assistance Center at 202-782-2071
How to support the troops this holiday season
Eric Felten will be playing music for the troops
Here's a link to the band's website
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Hardball wishes to thank the following for making this visit possible: