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About Fisher House

When a veteran or service member receives care at the VA, the last thing families should have to worry about is how to support their loved one during hospitalization. For many families, the VA Medical Center is hours from home, and it is difficult to predict how long a stay might be. Not only are there financial sacrifices with travel and lodging, there can be mental and emotional burdens as families seek answers and wait for results.

We hope to lessen these burdens so families can focus on helping their loved one heal. The Milwaukee VA Fisher House is conveniently located on the Milwaukee VA Medical Center grounds and offers 16 bedroom suites of varying layouts to accommodate single travelers or larger families at no cost to them. Designed with the interactions of guests in mind, guests experience the feeling of being home with a shared common kitchen, laundry room, dining room, living room, family room and a large patio and yard. Families share meals together and support each other through their joys and sorrows.

Who Can Stay?

Learn about the process for requesting
a stay at Fisher House Wisconsin

  • A Veterans Affairs social worker or case manager working with the veteran or service member will conduct an initial screening to determine if a referral to The Milwaukee VA Fisher House is appropriate.

  • The Fisher House manager determines eligibility and advises the family on the status of the referral and of room availability.

  • Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Qualifying families are never turned away.

For More Information Please Contact:

Torrie Hutchison – Fisher House Manager
Milwaukee VA Fisher House

Board of Directors – Officers

Fisher House Wisconsin is a public/private partnership governed by a volunteer board of directors who are passionate
about the mission and desire to serve veterans’ and service members’ families.

Angie Christianson
Angie ChristiansonPresident
Sr. Manager, IT Vendor Relationships, Stanley Black & Decker

Chuck Steinmetz
Chuck SteinmetzVice President
General Manager, WITI Fox-6

Chad O'Brien
Chad O'BrienTreasurer
Partner, Baker Tilly

Carmen Anderson
Carmen AndersonSecretary
Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP

Board of Directors

Michelle Friedman
Michelle FriedmanBoard Director
Sergeant, United States Army Veteran
Director of Marketing, DeWitt LLP

Matt Griffin
Matt GriffinBoard Director
U.S. Navy Veteran
Director, IT Strategic Supplier Management
Johnson Controls

Patti Kneiser
Patti KneiserBoard Director
Vice President of Employer Services, Froedtert Health

Tim LaSage
Tim LaSageBoard Director
1st Sergeant Marine Veteran
Military and Veteran Inclusion Lead, WPS Health Solutions

Bill Michaels
Bill MichaelsBoard Director
Sports Talk Radio Host, 105.7

Terri Leigh Rhody
Terri Leigh RhodyBoard Director
VP of Marketing, Sware, Inc.

Wade Roberts
Wade RobertsBoard Director
Vice President, Ideal Mechanical/Pieper Electric Inc.

Dirk Stallmann
Dirk StallmannBoard Director
President, Verlo Mattress

House Manager

Torrie Hutchison
Torrie HutchisonFisher House Manager
Milwaukee VA Fisher House

Fisher House Foundation

Fisher House Wisconsin is a community partner aligned with the Fisher House Foundation (FHF). The FHF built the first house in 1990. Today there are 90 Fisher Houses, located on 25 military installations and 40 VA medical centers.

Learn More

Fisher House Resources

Foundation Fact Sheet
Foundation house brochure
Bio of Zach Fisher – Founder
Bio of Ken Fisher – Chairman
FHF Hero Miles
FHF House Directory
FHW Current 990 Tax Return

Veteran Resources

The American Red Cross Reconnection Workshops are a free and confidential program for service members and veterans. The workshops are focused on individual and small group discussion to enhance the likelihood of positive reconnections among family members and the successful re-engagement of service members and veterans in civilian life.

Located on the shores of Big Carr Lake, Camp American Legion is a place for veterans and service members recover from physical or psychological wounds. Families and children are also welcome, to help foster family reintegration and support following a service member’s deployment.

The Center for Suicide Awareness offers a barrier-free resource for all those impacted by mental health issues or facing difficult times. The organization has a free emotional text support line, HOPELINE, and support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, those who have attempted suicide, and for family members.

The County Veterans Service Officer Association of Wisconsin (CVSOAWI) is an organization of professional veterans advocates. In Wisconsin, the County Veterans Service officer is often the initial contact in the community for veterans services.

Heat for Heroes alleviates life-threatening, energy-related emergencies by providing energy assistance grants to help veterans facing no heat, a life-threatening emergency (out of fuel, disconnection of services, broken furnace) or has fallen behind on utility bills.

The Military Family Assistance Center provides families of service members information and sources for a variety of services before, during and following deployment. These services include counseling referrals, emergency assistance, veterans benefits, reintegration and more.

Military OneSource connects you to high-quality programs, services and products developed for military life. Service members, their families and the entire military community have access to resources such as tax services, spouse employment help, online training, relocation, non-medical counseling and more.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The organization also works to improve crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices and building awareness.

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs, many of whom are Veterans themselves. This support is confidential, available every day 24/7, and serves ALL Veterans, ALL Service members, national Guard and Reserve, as well as their family members and friends. A trained responder will answer and ask you a few questions. You can decide how much you want to share. No matter what you are experiencing, there is support for getting your life back on track!