Fisher House Family, The Carpenters

The latest feature of Heart Behind the House highlights Corporal Kyle Carpenter, USMC. Kyle’s family spent time in two Fisher Houses after he was injured in Afghanistan. On June 19, 2014, Kyle became the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, and was presented the award in a White House ceremony.

“I wanted to join something, a purpose, an idea bigger than myself,” explains Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Kyle Carpenter, USMC. “I didn’t want to wake up and miss an opportunity to serve. I was trying to make a difference.”

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Fisher House Tour


As in all 64 Fisher Houses, these busts of Fisher House Foundation founders, Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher,
watch over the “home away from home” they provided for military families facing medical crises.
provides a quiet setting for reflection, conversation, reading, working on puzzles and playing games.
Community Dining Room
is decorated with upholstered chairs, paintings and coordinating floral arrangements.
Dream Community Kitchen features three restaurant-sized refrigerators, two restaurant-sized freezers, granite counters, two double ovens, two microwaves, two massive sinks. Counter cabinets are coded with suite numbers for dried and canned good storage.
Is Just One Of All Features Making Hines VA Fisher House Wheel- Chair Accessible.
Community Laundry Room
is wheel-chair accessible so recovering wounded can adjust to doing household chores in wheel chairs.
20 Private Bedrooms With Adjoining Bathroom Suites
come in single queen-sized or double twin-sized beds. Each is furnished with desk, radio/alarm clock, computer equipment, dresser, armchairs, television, closet with hangers, ironing board, laundry hamper and luggage rack.
Private Bathrooms
With All Suites feature wheel-chair accessible showers.
Beautifully Appointed Family Room
features All the Comforts of a “Home Away from Home” including a wide-screen television.
Beautiful Electricity-Supplied Gazebo
is the scene of many outdoors activities.

About Us

Welcome to Illinois' Only "Home Away from Home"
$5.7-million Hines VA Fisher House
Doors Opened to Military Family Guests March 1, 2010

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This Handsome 20-Private-Bedroom-Suite "Home Away From Home" On The Grounds Of Hines VA Hospital Is Complete
And Fully Furnished. Fisher House Foundation Will Formally Present It As A Gift To Hines VA Hospital
At A Dedication Ceremony May 28, 2010

Memorable Dedication & Evening Reception Celebrate Long-Awaited
Official Dedication of Hines VA Fisher House

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  Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO, presents the organization's Patriot Award to major construction fundraiser for Hines VA Fisher House Sam Lazich, President of DMS Pharmaceutical Group, Inc. at special reception.
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Fisher House Chairman and CEO Ken Fisher honors major building fundraiser and supporter of Hines VA Fisher House Patriot Award recognizing Operation Support Our Troops – Illinois to President Deb Rickert at evening reception. Long-Awaited Ribbon-Cutting Finally Becomes a Reality at May 28 Hines VA Fisher House Dedication with attendant dignitaries and major supporters in honor of this special event.
Key Presentation Friends of Fisher House
It's Official! Fisher House Foundation President David Coker presents the keys to Hines VA Fisher House to Holly Wright, Hines VA Fisher House Manager. Non-Profit Friends of Fisher House – Illinois Board Director Mary Vaughan (l) and Mark Garry, FOFH-IL Vice President, (r) enjoy cocktail reception sponsored by Fisher House Foundation with Hines VA Fisher House Manager Holly Wright and Glenn Wright.
Friends of Fisher House VFW Posts and Veterans Motorcycle Chapters
Friends of Fisher House – Illinois Board Vice President Harry Theodore (l) chats with Board Director Eddie Jackson at Fisher House Foundation private reception. Representatives and Supporters from VFW Posts and Veterans Motorcycle Chapters From All Parts of Illinois Joined in on the Festivities.

Financial Reports

Hines VA Fisher House Construction Fundraising Phase

Illinois citizens supported a two-year, Illinois fundraising campaign sponsored and spearheaded by DMS Pharmaceutical Group, Inc. of Park Ridge, IL to raise the majority of the $1.75 million necessary to be matched by the Fisher House Foundation for construction of a $5.7 million Fisher House on Hines VA Hospital grounds.

Ongoing Sustaining Non-Profit Support After Groundbreaking

In 2008, Friends of Fisher House-Illinois (FOFH-IL) organized as a fully volunteer, non-profit recognized by Fisher House Foundation as the official community fundraiser dedicated to sustaining all Illinois Fisher Houses beginning with Hines VA Fisher House.

In this capacity, FOFH-IL raised and donated funds to Hines Fisher House for numerous House Warming items needed before its doors opened. Since the Fisher House was gifted to Hines VA by the Fisher House Foundation, FOFH-IL has continued strong support with fundraising for House operations, maintenance, landscaping and a storage facility plus food solicitations.

Financial Reports Available Upon Request.


proud supporter

Over 7,400 Military Families Have Stayed Free of Charge at This "Home Away from Home" Since March 1, 2010

Military Families Express Thanks

When asked ‘where do you want to go on vacation?’

I thought…and thought and answered:

Hines Fisher House!

Not for the fun and games
which were great but for the camaraderie – mutual trust
and friendship among people
who spend a lot of time

Thank You…
You have left a footprint on my heart

Military Honor & Remembrance Tributes

Friends of Fisher House – Illinois
Military Honor & Remembrance Tributes for
Loved Ones, Friends Who Sacrificed for Our Freedom & Safety

Your Free Will Donations Are Very Welcome

pdfDownload PDF Here. 


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