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Bill Rosendahl - Council District 11






Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Fisher House Groundbreaking

During the Vietnam War, I served as a psychiatric social worker treating veterans returning home from combat in Vietnam. This experience showed me first hand the importance of maintaining a comfortable and supportive environment for recovering veterans. The West Los Angeles Fisher House will allow family members an extended stay near their loved ones who are receiving care at the VA, and it will create a sense of community and support among the families who are staying there.

This project is made possible by The Fisher House Foundation, a family foundation which has generously facilitated 16 similar facilities in the United States. Specifically I applaud Tim Byk and the West Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation, which will finance and build this project. When completed, Fisher House will provide a much needed "home away from home" for patients and their families on the grounds of the West Los Angeles VA Health Center.

The Fisher House will have 21 private bath suites, a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a large dining room, family lounge area, library and toys for children. The project will be operated and maintained by the West Los Angeles Health Center and will further the sacred mission of the VA property by directly providing benefits to American veterans.



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