Congressman Neguse Secures $10 Million in Federal Funding for Program to Support Veteran Families
Washington, D.C. — Today, the House approved a measure from Representative Neguse and Representative Dingell to expand funding for Fisher House Foundation to $10 million dollars. The bipartisan provision passed along with the minibus appropriations package that would fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in FY 2020. This additional funding will assist in the building and continued operation of Fisher House homes near Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals to allow families of veterans and servicemembers to stay at no cost while their loved ones receive treatment. The additional funds were included after successful efforts by Representatives Neguse and Dingell to expand federal funds. They also partnered together on a letter to appropriators earlier in the process requesting this increase.
“Fisher House fulfills a tremendous need to our selfless servicemembers and veterans who have protected and defended our nation,” said Congressman Neguse “In times of medical need, these families deserve the ability to dedicate all of their energy to the healing process, and Fisher House provides the support they need to do so. This additional funding for the program will allow for more servicemembers, veterans and their families to benefit from the incredible work of Fisher House.”
Fisher House Foundation has served more than 368,000 families since its inception and will continue to provide this service to the families of veterans and servicemembers in the future to alleviate the burden of the out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. A new Fisher House is currently being constructed in Colorado to serve those receiving services at the Aurora VA.