The Fisher House, located at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System’s Oakland campus, is a beautiful “Home away from Home”, for Veterans of all ages and their families. It gives veterans receiving treatment at the hospital and their family the chance to not only have a comfortable environment to stay, but more importantly gives them an environment for emotional healing during extremely stressful times.
Our goal is to relieve their financial burden and keep the nuclear family intact before, during and after their loved ones treatment. It is the very least we as Americans can do in repaying the tremendous sacrifices these men and woman made defending our country. It is our moral responsibility to be involved.
The motto of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is “ To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan “ has an interesting origin.
It comes from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address delivered March,1865, just one month before his assassination. His words captured a nation’s heartfelt sense of obligation to care for its returning veterans. That idea has been etched in the nation’s psyche ever since.
That idea has been matched only by the generous contributions of Americans from every walk of life dedicated to supporting Veterans and their families as they try to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives. With more than 1 million Veterans expected to return to civilian life in the next 5 years, many with debilitating injuries, the need for organizations such as “Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House” are greater now than ever before.