American Legion Paradise Post 149 was instrumental in the creation of the Las Vegas VA Fisher House, by creating the foundation tasked with raising the money to build the house. Ever since, Post 149 has continued to support the Fisher House in numerous ways, including purchasing furniture, hosting food drives and volunteering at the house.
Several years ago, after a large collection of goods took a suite out of service, the need for a storage building became apparent. Working with the Fisher House manager, the post was able to obtain copies of plans and the contract for a storage building from another VA Fisher House, and set out to build a storage building for their Fisher House.
And then COVID hit. Everything came to a screeching halt as the pandemic raged, and the Fisher House was closed down for several months.
Once restrictions were lifted and the Fisher House reopened, Post 149 re-engaged with the Fisher House manager, who received the go-ahead to restart the process. That’s when the post set out to raise money for the storage building.
In less than six months, thanks to the generous support of the community - including a few other American Legion posts and Auxiliary units - Post 149 was able to present a check for $40,000 to VA to help cover the cost of the building. This storage building is, as was the Fisher House itself, a gift to the government on behalf of our community; but more importantly, it is a gift to the family members of veterans who need a safe place to stay while their loved ones are in the hospital.