Helping Those Who Keep America Safe

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010  |  Updated 3:22 PM EDT
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Service members and veterans have a hard enough time re-adapting to civilian life when they return. But it's even harder when they come back injured or sick.

That's where the Fisher House Foundation comes in. The Rockville, Md.-based foundation has built and donated dozens of free homes for injured or sick service members and their families since 1991.

Three new residences were opened Thursday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, with first lady Michelle Obama joining the families to cut the ribbon.

The residences will provide free lodging for the families of as many as 60 ill and injured service members, the Associated Press reported.

The new residences are part of the planned move of Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Bethesda next year.

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