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Charleston VA to host grand opening, ribbon cutting for new Fisher House

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) - Fisher House Foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the opening of the first Fisher House in South Carolina.

The Fisher House Foundation handed over the keys to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center this morning. It is located in downtown Charleston at 150 Wentworth Street.

It will provide lodging for up to 16 families of eligible Veterans and active duty military members at no cost. The idea is to give the chance to be close to their loved ones, while they receive care at the Charleston VAMC.

"We are extremely humbled by the incredible generosity of the Charleston community and supporters across the country to our Veterans," said Charleston VAMC Director Scott Isaacks.

The Fisher House downtown is about a mile from the medical center. It is the Fisher House Foundation's three-story building. The 16-suite home features a common kitchen, laundry room, a spacious dining room and an living room with a library.

Charleston VAMC provide care to over 75,000 veterans around the southeast. A spokesperson with the medical center, says providing free stay at the Fisher House will help relieve the stress of trying to afford a place to stay in downtown Charleston, while dealing with treatment.

The Fisher House says they will begin hosting overnight guests as soon as January.

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