ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Veterans Affair Medical Center cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new facility in Lake Nona designed to help families of veterans caring for their loved ones.
The $6 million facility was created to make military families who are going through a difficult time feel as though they are in a “home away from home,” with plenty of amenities.
There are 16 private suites inside, including a full kitchen, a family room, dining room and outdoor patio.
Air Force veteran Charles Tubbs said he stayed at a Fisher House in Germany in 2006, where his brother, Donald Tubbs, was having surgery due to an injury in Afghanistan.
"First priority was to get on a plane to go see him, and the biggest stressor was, ‘Where was I going to stay?’ And it was so calming to know that the Fisher House was going to be there, have a place ready for me and I didn't worry about cost or having to make arrangements to stay. And that allowed me to focus on him and his care,” said Tubbs.
The Fisher House Foundation covers 100 percent of the operational costs, which means guests do not pay for their stay.
"My brother, I’d say, he was there for five days. I was there for probably about a month post-surgery. Wife and daughter were with me as well," Donald Tubbs said.
The facility will start accepting guests in early March.
RIGHT NOW: We're at the dedication ceremony for the Orlando @FisherHouseFdtn ---> a 'home away from home' for the family members of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA centers 🇺🇸 @WFTV pic.twitter.com/Yij5vFJ7Qe— Sarahbeth Ackerman (@SAckermanWFTV) February 14, 2018
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