Arizona Fisher House campaign kicks off with $100,000 donation

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Arizona Fisher House Foundation (AFHF) and the Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care System (SAVAHCS) recognized Vantage West Credit Union for its generous commitment of $100,000. AFHF is raising $3 million to be matched by the national Fisher House Foundation to build a Fisher House on the SAVAHCS campus where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.

In announcing the gift, Robert D. Ramirez, president/CEO of Vantage West Credit Union said, "Vantage West Credit Union has a philosophy of giving back to the communities we serve. The Fisher House provides an important service to our military veterans who have done so much for us. We would encourage other local businesses to join Vantage West in supporting this worthy cause."

In acknowledging the contribution, Dr. Dana Staggs, Chairman of the Arizona Fisher House Foundation Board, said, "Vantage West Credit Union's commitment and continued support of our veterans, brave service men and women and their families can not be overstated."

Jonathan H. Gardner, director, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System added, "Fisher Houses are built on the premise that a family's love is good medicine and when a loved one is ill or injured a Fisher House unites veteran families, relieving the financial and emotional strain of being away from home. The support from Vantage West is a big step in making the Arizona Fisher House a reality."

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West is a $1.3 billion credit union, serving a membership of 125,000 in Pima, Pinal, Cochise and Maricopa counties. It was founded in 1955 originally as the federally-chartered DMAFB Federal Credit Union serving military and civilian personnel working at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Quick Facts

Proposed: 16-suite Fisher House

13,400 sq. ft.

Estimated cost will be $6 million

Construction schedule will be 9-12 months.

Groundbreaking: TBD (late 2014, early 2015)

Provide 5,840 nights of lodging annually.

Saving to Veterans families in lodging costs alone will exceed $500,000/yr.

No family pays to stay at a Fisher House.

(63) Fisher Houses worldwide.

Currently (25) Fisher Houses in the VA system.

Over 22,000 families stayed at Fisher Houses in 2013.

Over 5.2 million nights of lodging provided since 1990.

Savings to families since 1990 over $235,000,000

Annual savings to military and Veterans families exceeds $20 million.