It's been delayed by almost a year and a half but the Fisher House located at the Togus VA has finally been able to celebrate its official opening.

If you are not familiar with the Fisher House or the Fisher House Foundation, they help bridge the gap between  VA and military families by providing free lodging for the family or a caretaker that has a relative receiving treatment at the hospital.

The Fisher House Foundation has housing around the U.S.A. and Europe by military and VA medical facilities to provide this much needed service.

Once the Fisher House Foundation builds a house thanks to the generous donations of many, they in essence turn over the building as a gift to the VA community to be used as a respite for families who may live far away yet desire to be close to loved ones receiving treatment at the hospital.

According to a report by, the manager of the Fisher House at Togus, Patrick Crowley, said since they opened the doors back in February of last year, 550 people have stayed there, and he believes this has saved Veterans and their families almost $100,000.

The Fisher House at Togus is pretty large at 13,500sq ft.  It has 16 suites with bathrooms and several common areas that feel more like home than being at a hotel according to Crowley.

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