United States Department of Veterans Affairs
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Fisher House Program

Fisher House LogoOverview of Fisher House™ Program

A Fisher House™ is "a home away from home" for families and Caregivers of Veterans and active duty Servicemembers receiving medical care at major military and VA Medical Centers. These “comfort homes” are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.  Family members and Caregivers may stay in VA Fisher Houses at no cost so they can be at the bedside of their hospitalized loved one during treatment for an illness or injury.

As of April 2016, There are 70 Fisher Houses internationally located on military installations and VA medical centers. Thirty of the Fisher Houses are located at VA Medical Centers in Albany, New York; Augusta, Georgia; Bay Pines, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Gainesville, Florida; Houston, Texas (2 houses); las Vegas, NV.; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 houses); Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Palo Alto, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon (Vancouver Campus); Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; Tampa, Florida: Washington, DC; and West Palm Beach, Florida.

New Fisher House construction is underway at the; Long Beach VAMC, Long Beach, California. The VA Fisher House Program plans to expand to over 46 Fisher Houses over the next several years. To learn more go to the Fisher House™ website.*  

Hero Miles
Fisher House Foundation administers the Hero Miles Program: a service that provides round-trip airfare to wounded, injured and ill service members and/or their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; and to attend authorized events.  Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individual airline passengers. 
There are two categories of eligible recipients:
- Wounded, injured, and ill service members on approved leave may be given a round-trip airline ticket for a trip from the medical center to their home or to attend an authorized event, if they are not eligible for government funded airfare. 
- Wounded, injured and ill service members may be given a round-trip airline ticket to enable their family or close friends to visit them while they are undergoing treatment at an authorized medical center.

The request for tickets originates with the Servicemember and is forwarded to Fisher House Foundation by social work staff or the family assistance center at a medical center, or through service casualty offices.  Fisher House™ is proud to partner with Hero Miles in support of our wounded and injured service men and women and their families.  In addition, individuals designated as approved family Caregivers through the VA Caregiver Support Program may be eligible to utilize the Hero Miles Program. To learn more visit Fisher House™ Programs.*

Care Management and Social Work Services (10P4C) under the Office of Patient Care Services provides oversight for the National VA Fisher House Program.  For more information on the VA Fisher House Program and eligibility, contact Jennifer Koget, National VA Fisher House and Family Hospitality Program Manager at 202-536-8166 or Jennifer.Koget@va.gov.

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If you need social work assistance regarding a veteran contact Social Work at the nearest VA Medical Center. Use this link http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp