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Fisher House offers something money can't buy

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Doug Walker - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Imagine having to stay at a motel while a loved one was hospitalized for weeks or months. The cost would be prohibitive. But at Keesler Air Force Base, there is no cost, thanks to the Fisher House

Family members stay free while loved ones receive medical care. It's a blessing for those going through so much.

"It lifts a lot off of you," Karen Jones said. "It takes a lot of the pressure off of you saying, 'Can I be with him? Do I have to drive back and forth every day?' It's a very family oriented environment here.  Everybody's friends, quick friends."

Terri Rice lives in Virginia.  Her father is very sick, but because of the Fisher House, she sees him every day.  And she always feels welcome at the Fisher House. 

"Mary, the housekeeper, the first thing she said to me was, 'Give me a hug.' It was just very welcoming," Terri said. "I don't know who the Fishers are, but God bless them. They've done a great thing." 

The Fisher House offers its tenants everything they could want. All the creature comforts of home, like food, clothing, beds, a library, and entertainment. But one thing it offers that's more important than anything else is peace of mind. 

Emma Jones Garrett is staying at the home while her husband is receiving treatment at the medical center.  

"It's a blessing," Garrett said.  "I would have had to spend a lot of money to have a place to stay, or commute from New Orleans to Biloxi daily to see about my husband." 

Larry Vetter is the manager of Fisher House.  He knows what he and his staff offer veterans and their families is more than just nine bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen.

"A lot of our veterans don't have the money to stay out on the economy these days. So we provide that home away from home for them while they are going through their hardships."

And those hardships are just a bit easier to handle thanks to the Fisher House. 

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