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84 Lumber helps break ground for W.V. Fisher House

Veterans’ families can stay at Fisher Homes at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

BY HBSDealer Staff

84 Lumber recently participated in the ground-breaking ceremony for West Virginia’s first Fisher House, set to be built at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in Huntington.

Once open, the house will provide temporary housing at no cost for families whose loved ones are being treated at the facility.

Representing 84 Lumber at the Oct. 3 ceremony were Ryan Frazier, an outside sales representative for the 84 Lumber in Huntington; and Amy Smiley, vice president of marketing.

They were joined by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia; Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs James M. Byrne; Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation Ken Fisher; and Medical Center Director J. Brian Nimmo, among others, to officially break ground on the property.

Also in attendance was Hershel “Woody” Williams, a 96-year-old World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient whom the medical center is named after.

The Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of 84 comfort homes where military and veterans’ 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 House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee.

“A Fisher House here in Huntington is the least we can do to thank our West Virginia military members, veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice,” Manchin said. “I thank my dear friend Ken Fisher for making this project a reality. Whether it is providing death benefits to families of the fallen during a government shutdown, or funding our very first Fisher House in West Virginia, Ken has worked alongside me to provide for West Virginia veterans. In 2018 alone, Fisher Houses served 32,000 families, and now, a Fisher House will serve West Virginians. This is an immense help to families across our state, and I am honored to be here today for the ground breaking of the Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams VAMC Fisher House.”

When complete, the 13,270-square-foot house will feature 16 suites as well as communal areas for cooking, dining, relaxing and laundry.

“Veterans issues are not something that you can just talk about on Veterans Day,” said Fisher. “These are real men and women with real issues. They served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. We owe these men and women a debt we can never repay, but I’m happy that we can at least be there for their families when they need us the most. I thank Senator Manchin for his continued support to our military and veterans and in getting this Fisher House built at the Huntington VA.”

84 Lumber recently launched a national partnership with Fisher House Foundation to show its continued support for veterans and their families. In May, the company provided $25,000 to Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House and announced an additional $500,000 donation for Fisher House Foundation, which will help build new houses such as the one in Huntington.

“We were honored to donate $100,000 to help bring the Huntington Fisher House to life,” Smiley said. “It will serve countless families over the years during some of their most difficult times. 84 Lumber continues to be a staunch advocate of Fisher House Foundation and the tremendous work they’re doing.”

84 Lumber, based in Eighty Four, Pa., operates approximately 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in more than 30 states.

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