Military and veteran family members will soon have a new and free place to stay on JBER while their loved ones undergo medical treatment.

On Tuesday, the Fisher House Foundation broke ground on a two-story, 16-bed facility.

The idea is to create a lifeline for families, as nearby long-term lodging can be an expensive obstacle during an already difficult time.

The new facility will be the second of its kind at JBER. The foundation says there is a definite need.

“For the last several years, this Fisher House has been at max capacity and they do have some other resources here on base, but, we knew that there was a real need to have a second Fisher House,” Fisher House Foundation Chief of Staff, Mary Considine said.

The $6 million project is expected to be complete within a year.

“A family’s love is good medicine and so we truly believe that not only do you need the state of the art medical care you are receiving at the hospitals here, but, you need to have your family by your side,” Considine said.

Since its creation in 1990, the Fisher House Foundation has provided more than 7 million nights of free lodging to more than 300,000 military families in the world.

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