Organization hopes to build house for families of wounded veterans

Organization hopes to build house for families of wounded veterans

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Apr 26, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Nevada organization wants to do more to help wounded veterans.

Their goal is to create a comfortable place for their families to stay while they're getting treatment. 

Helping families is something Joe Brown has done since founding the Nevada Military Support Alliance a decade ago. 

His initial goal was to raise money for families of Nevada military members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now, the organization has found an additional purpose. 

The N.M.S.A. wants to build a Fisher House in the Valley. 

"It's like a Ronald McDonald House concept. It would allow the veteran to be treated here and the family to be on site to be able to visit them every day and have a place to stay," said Joe Brown, NMSA Vice Chairman.

Right now, there are more than 60 Fisher Houses in the U.S. and Europe. 

The organization hasn't decided yet if it wants to build one large Fisher House or two small ones, but one possible location is near the VA Hospital.

Another possible location is near Nellis Medical Center.

NMSA leaders hope to start construction this year. Once the house is built, the Department of Veterans Affairs will run and fund it.

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