Building a Fisher House in Long Beach
I will be joined in studio today by two remarkable women –Linda Daily and Nancy Soltes– who are helping to champion the construction of a Fisher House near the Long Beach VA Hospital.
Fisher House builds refuges for the families of wounded warriors where the families can stay in close proximity to their hospitalized family member during crucial periods of treatment and recovery. The new one in Long Beach will have about 10,000 square feet and 21 family units. It will cost about $6 million to build and open. Once built with private funds it is operated by the VA.
The chair of the Long Beach Fisher House effort is former Congressman Steve Kuykendall, one of the regions genuine “good guys,” but enormous energy flows from the participation of Daily and Soltes, both Gold Star Moms.
Linda is the mother of Lt. Mark Daily, killed in Iraq on January 15, 2007. You may recall Mark’s famed MySpace post “Why I Joined,” and the impact that post had on our late friend Christopher Hitchens.
Nancy is the mother of Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., who was killed in Mosul, Iraq in 2004. Major Soltes was an optometrist, the father of two boys with a third on the way when he volunteered to return to active Army service to help set up hospitals in Iraq.
That the moms of two such men would now use their time to help serve the families of warriors who are recovering from wounds tells you all you need to know about why Lt. Daily and Major Soltes became the heroes they did. It is an honor to have them both in the studio today and to urge the audience to help raise the money to open the new Fisher House in Long Beach.