Gold Star Mothers of New Mexico
October 11, 2019
Albuquerque Fisher House provides families a comforting home to stay at that keeps them within walking distance of the hospitalized Veteran they are supporting. The house has 16 private suites to accommodate up to 16 families. The rest of the house is built to encourage communal living, creating a supporting, caring, family environment. This is the 85th Fisher House built by Fisher House Foundation, which is celebrated by the building number.
In 1978, Zachary Fisher campaigned to save the historic, battle-scarred WWII aircraft carrier from the scrapyard. He transformed it into the nation's largest naval museum. It's docked in Manhattan.
The bust of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher was designed by Felix de Weldon, who created the US Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial).
As a result of his incredible patriotism, Zachary is one of only two people who have the unique distinction of being made an "honorary" Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Zachary Fisher passed away in 1999.
A FAMILY's LOVE IS GOOD MEDICINE
There is no charge to families who are eligible to stay at a Fisher House. This has saved families over $450 million in lodging expenses.
Families must beet eligibility requirements and be referred to Fisher House by their Veteran's primary care provider.
On any given night, up to 1,000 families are staying in a Fisher House across the globe. Over 400,000 families have stayed at a Fisher House since the first door opened in 1990.