Free family lodging being built near Omaha VA hospital

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Construction has begun on a free lodging facility for families of sick or injured Nebraska and western Iowa veterans being treated at the veterans hospital in Omaha.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the $8 million Fisher House will include 16 hotel-style suites at a site near the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

It is funded by the Fisher House Foundation with local donations and will be given to the VA when complete to operate as a federal building. It is expected to open in late 2020.

There are more than 80 Fisher Houses at military and veterans hospitals around the United States, as well as two in Europe. The program was begun in 1990 by philanthropist and real estate developer Zachary Fisher.