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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:

Jennifer Kiefer – 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.

Andrew Roberts
Andrew RobertsPresident
Lt. Col., USAFR
Executive Program Manager, GE Healthcare

Jorge Hidalgo
Jorge HidalgoVice President
Veteran, USA
President, Hidalgo Autos, Inc.

Elliot LePoidevin
Elliot LePoidevinTreasurer
Vice President of Sales, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Carmen Anderson
Carmen AndersonSecretary
Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Board of Directors

Angie Christianson
Angie ChristiansonBoard Director
Regional Operations Manager,

Bill Michaels
Bill MichaelsBoard Director
Sports Talk Radio Host, 105.7

Brian Dennis
Brian DennisBoard Director
President of Express Promotions / SVP of Reliable of Milwaukee

Chad O'Brien
Chad O'BrienBoard Director
Partner, Baker Tilly

Claudio Morfe
Claudio MorfeBoard Director
Vice President & General Counsel, Johnson Controls

Dirk Debbink
Dirk DebbinkBoard Director
Former Chief of the Navy Reserve
Chairman/CEO, MSI General Corporation

Andrea Potthast
Andrea PotthastBoard Director
Global Marketing Director, GE Healthcare

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

Chuck Steinmetz
Chuck SteinmetzBoard Director
General Manager, WITI Fox 6

House Manager

Jennifer Kiefer
Jennifer KieferFisher 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 84 Fisher Houses, 81 of which are in the United States. There are two located in Germany and one in England.

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

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.