AUGUSTA — The first Fisher House in Maine was officially dedicated by Fisher House Foundation President David Coker and VA Maine Healthcare System Medical Center Director Tracye B. Davis Wednesday, Aug. 4, in a ceremony at the Togus VA Medical Center.

The VA Maine Fisher House opened its doors to veteran families Feb. 17, 2020, but the dedication ceremony was delayed by the pandemic.

Since opening its doors, the VA Maine Fisher House has cared for 550 guests while their loved ones
received medical care. Special precautions have been taken including social distancing and increased
cleaning procedures.

The 13,500-sq.-ft. home provides lodging for families of veterans at no cost, allowing them to be with
their loved ones while they undergo treatment at the at the Togus VA Maine Medical Center. The new
home away from home will mean a savings to veteran families of more than half a million dollars each
year.

This is the 86th Fisher House located across the country and in Germany and the United Kingdom, according to a press release from VA Maine Healthcare System. Another five houses were opened during the pandemic, bringing the total number of Fisher House to 91. The VA Maine Fisher House is in an area where many veterans drive long distances to receive
specialized care.

“We are grateful to have such a wonderful resource available in Maine for our veterans and active duty
service members,” said VA Maine Healthcare System Medical Center Director
Tracye B. Davis. “These comfort homes greatly enhance VA Maine’s ability to provide access to
exceptional health care for veterans.”

The VA Maine Fisher House has 16 handicapped accessible guest suites, a spacious kitchen, large
communal living, dining and family rooms, laundry room and an outdoor patio. The home was gifted to
VA as part of the dedication ceremony.

In the press release, Fisher House Foundation recognized the generosity of the following contributors for their support of military and veterans’ families: the Wohlers Family Foundation, Fisher
House of Bostonu Inc., Ruby W. and Lavon P. Linn Foundation, Vehicles for Veterans, and the many
gifts of a grateful nation.

About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of 91 comfort homes where military and
Veteran families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located
at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or
hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families
share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher
House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved
military and veteran families an estimated $525 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and
transportation. For more information, visit fisherhouse.org.