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Home Opens for the Families of Injured Marines Seeking Treatment at Camp Lejeune

By Michelle Bliss

03-02-11 – A new facility for the family members of wounded Marines is opening at Camp Lejeune tomorrow.

The Fisher House, a comfort home for the loved ones of the injured, will officially open tomorrow, but is already housing four families.

Ken Fisher is chairman of the Fisher House Foundation. He says that his organization's goal is not just to provide a place for families to sleep.

"The houses are designed to encourage interaction. So, the families now, instead of having to go back to their hotel room, and basically lock their door and that's where they stay regardless of what kind of day they've had, here, they can go to their room, they can change, they can freshen up. Then, they can come downstairs and be a part of a community within a house."

The foundation has about 50 homes across the country and has helped more than 130,000 families in the last 20 years save nearly $160 million in lodging and travel expenses. Additionally, President Barack Obama donated $250,000 of his Nobel Prize winnings to the organization.

Learn more about theFisher House Foundation.

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