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Fisher House supports injured veterans' families

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

There's no better medicine than a family's love, and here in the Bay area a home that's providing the special healing for those in need is What's Right With Tampa Bay.

It's called the Fisher House, but this house is more like a home away from home for folks like Kelly Eakins.

"It makes the situation that we are in a little easier and a like home," she says.

Her son Steven suffered a traumatic brain injury following a car crash. The injured veteran has struggled to recover and his mother has been by his side every step of the way.

"The only reason I'm here is to be here for my son's rehabilitation and just to offer him support," she said.

The only way she can physically be here for Steven, day in and day out, is through the Fisher house. She's been here for almost three years.

"It has been very trying, lots of ups and downs with the recovery process . Especially with the severe traumatic brain injury -- very slow process."

And that long and trying journey is something many military families suffer. That's exactly why the Fisher House is here to help.

"The houses are built on the principle that a family's love is good medicine, so if you bring the families to the bed side and the rehabilitation. It's going to help the recovery and rehab," said Paula Welenc, who works at Fisher House.

"They talk to Steven and they love on Steven, that does my heart so much good. Just to see that it's not just me, he's got so many other people that are caring for him," Kelly says.

The local fisher house supports the Tampa V.A. Hospital. It has lodged more than 300 families in the last year alone.


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