Fisher House help never forgotten

May 22, 2013 

Phil Henning writes a great letter extolling the virtues of the Fisher Houses and Robin Hood, which has built schools for underprivileged children in New York.

I cannot say enough about Fisher Houses, which are havens for families of wounded warriors and ill military members at military bases.

My experience with a Fisher House was in San Antonio, Texas, in 1993, where my husband, Earl Jany, a 26-year Navy veteran, was a patient at Wilford Hall Medical Center.

He suffered from a rare form of cancer in the muscle of his right arm and underwent an arm and shoulder amputation there.

The Fisher House was suggested as my interim residence and it was a godsend.

Some invisible angel started food in the crock-pots every day and there was a large atrium for visiting, reading, TV and conversation -- also privacy if desired. I stayed for several weeks, free of charge -- anything you needed -- even a ride to the hospital was offered.

The compassion of Zachary and the late Elizabeth Fisher for families in this situation is unmatchable. Now there are dozens of Fisher Houses on military bases. It's a great opportunity for families to be near the patient. Many wealthy strive to make a positive difference (like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet).

Sadly my husband passed on but we never forgot the Fisher House and stopped to thank them when we returned for checkups on the Medivac from Scott Air Force Base.

Dianne L. Jany

Paderborn

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