As Americans prepare to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, it’s equally important not to forget the bravery and sacrifice of our Veterans who have fought to protect the freedoms we hold dear. In addition to the more than 33,000 Massachusetts servicemen and women killed from the civil war to today – countless others are returning home from service, some physically wounded or emotionally affected, and all of them deserving of our respect and admiration.
At this time of year remembering, honoring and memorializing our Veterans is important. But helping Veterans heal means bridging the gap for Veterans and families which takes time and consistency. It’s well known that wounded Veterans recover quicker when surrounded by family members, and families of our warriors stay more resilient when they are part of the recovery process.
Talk Radio 1200, understands the healing property of togetherness for recovering wounded warriors and their families. WXKS’s Jeff Katz wanted to remind his listeners that many Veterans and families are still recovering and will be for a long time. Jeff Katz broadcast his May 24th morning radio show live from Fisher House Boston located on the grounds of VA Boston Healthcare System’s West Roxbury campus. Jeff’s show raises a significant amount of money to benefit Fisher House. Fisher House is a comfort home for families of severely injured and ill Veterans who are inpatients at VA Boston Healthcare System. Since 1991, the Fisher House Foundation has helped serve families at over 59 Fisher Houses across the U.S. The $6 million Fisher House Boston can house 20 families in well-designed suites with a common kitchen, spacious dining and living space, and a library. It’s the kind of environment where Veterans’ families – free of charge – can focus on aiding the recovery of their loved ones, without the distraction and expense of finding their own accommodations.
VA Boston Healthcare System is grateful to WXKS and Jeff Katz for their support of our nation’s Veterans and Fisher House Boston. To learn more about Fisher House Boston visit our website.