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Military Families Get New Home Away From Home On Camp Pendleton

The new Fisher House on Camp Pendleton is shown at its grand opening on May 15, 2015.
The new Fisher House on Camp Pendleton is shown at its grand opening on May 15, 2015.

There’s a new “home away from home” for military families who have a loved one getting care at Camp Pendleton’s Naval Hospital.

The Fisher House Foundation has built an 8,000-square-foot home on the base. It's right next to the Naval Hospital. The house has eight suites where an expected 280 military families per year will be able to stay for free.

Foundation President Kenneth Fisher said it’s about a lot more than free lodging.

“It’s about a support system that forms," he explained. "The families support each other, and the fact that they’re all together and they’re leaning on each other, makes it more bearable, I think.”

The United Health Foundation provided a $2.65 million grant to fully fund construction of the new Fisher House. It's the 65th Fisher House in the country.