Canadian forces donate to LRMC Fisher Houses

Thomas Warner
LRMC Public Affairs

***image1***A unit with the Canadian military forces ended a recent deployment in Afghanistan with a contribution to the Fisher House at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

The 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, spent six months in Afghanistan as part of the international effort to improve conditions in Afghanistan. At the end of their tour, the Canadian soldiers asked for an on-site visit to the Landstuhl Fisher House to hand over a $20,000 cashier’s check to support the facility.

“This was put together through direct donations from servicemembers and with other money which would have gone back to the troops, but they in turn asked to bring it here,” said Brig. Gen. Tim Grant, the senior ranking officer with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. “We’ve had several people come here after battle injuries and we know what a tremendous job this facility is doing.

“When a man or woman goes into battle, there is always a thought as to what will happen if they become injured. Our servicemembers understand that Landstuhl is a place where they can count on receiving superior care.”

The visit by General Grant and the other Canadians followed a similar presentation to LRMC by the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry Brigade back in late summer, 2006. General Grant also brought a large, hand-carved wooden plaque that was created in Afghanistan and contained an etched message of thanks from 1st Battalion soldiers.

The two Landstuhl Fisher Houses provide a “home away from home” for families and patients receiving medical care there.