When our troops are injured, their families often and understandably drop everything and leave home to be by their side.
In many cities, those families are able to stay at a place called the Fisher House, which serves as a home away from home for wounded service members and their families without the expense and hassle of staying in hotels and hospital rooms.
Tennessee's first Fisher House opened its doors Thursday on the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center campus in Murfreesboro.
"It is fitting that the Fisher House is free for the loved ones of those who fought to keep us free," said Tennessee Poet Laureate Margaret Vaughn, at Thursday's ribbon cutting ceremony.
Tennessee's Fisher House has 12 bedrooms and gives families a luxurious living space during their difficult time.
Families will begin to move in in about a month, keeping them close to loved ones like Chaz Allen, a Fort Campbell soldier wounded by an IED in January 2011.
"I lost my legs and my right elbow, and then I was flown to Walter Reed in Washington DC, where I was cared for," Allen said.
Allen's wife and daughters, living in Clarksville at the time, soon found themselves in the nation's capitol while Allen entered treatment. Flying back and forth was too much, so they began their stay at the Fisher House near Walter Reed Army Hospital.
"They gave us a place to stay from March until August, until the Army could accommodate us in housing," said wife Jessica Allen.