U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins (R-Maine), along with Congressman Mike Michaud and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) applauded the decision by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to recommend bringing a Fisher House to the Togus VA Medical Center (VAMC). In May, Senator Snowe led Maine's Congressional Delegation in supporting Togus' application for a Fisher House, which will provide temporary housing for the families of veterans undergoing in-patient care.
"The decision to recommend bringing a Fisher House to Togus is wonderful news and is a reflection of our commitment to the brave men and women who have served our country and their families and loved ones who have stood behind them in support of their service and sacrifice. The services provided to families at the Fisher House have made significant and positive differences in the lives of veterans and their families, and we are deeply grateful for their enduring commitment to our nation's heroes. It is critical our veterans continue to benefit from access to quality care and, as our patriots in uniform, they deserve nothing less," the Delegation asserted.
In their May 25 letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, the Delegation explained, "A Fisher House at Togas VAMC would be a valuable asset for the approximately 136,400 veterans of Maine and their families, and would continue the organization's proud legacy of providing lodging and support for America's military families when they need it most. Especially in a rural state such as Maine, where patients often travel more than four hours and hundreds of miles at a great personal expense for care, it is essential that available housing facilities are able to respond to this need." A copy of the letter is attached.
BACKGROUND: In 2010, the Fisher House public-private partnership served approximately 12,000 families and saved them more than $16 million in out of pocket expenses. For more information, visit the Fisher House Foundation.