Photos: Fisher House is a haven for vets' families

Issues Jeffrey Thompson · ·

1 Nicole Pruitt, left, is comforted by Linda Claar and Ede Willard at the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Pruitt is staying at the Fisher House while her father is recovering at the VA Medical Center after he suffered a heart attack. Linda Claar said of living together at the Fisher House, "Sharing our situations with each other brings the families together." 
2 Fisher House manager Marge Oslund, right, receives help putting away the weekly groceries from Marilyn Petty, right, and Nicole Pruitt at the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Oslund, who has been with Veterans Affairs for 30 years, said the Fisher House provides comfort and safety for the families of loved ones receiving treatment. "It brings a lot of piece of mind, being so close, for the families, and helps with the healing process." 
3 Ede Willard and Linda Claar walk to the VA Medical Center while staying at the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. 
4 With signs of house rules nearby, Dale Petty flips through a book about the Fisher family at the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. 
5 Dale Petty, a WWII veteran, meets Neal Claar during Claar's visit to the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Petty, from Iowa, was staying in Minneapolis while his son is recovering from heart surgery, and said of the Fisher House, "It's a home away from home." 
6 Linda Claar wheels her son Neal back to the VA Medical Center after a visit to the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Neal Claar, 21, is receiving care after being injured by a suicide bomber during his service in Afghanistan. Neal said his mother's daily visits helps his emotional and physical rehabilitation. 
7 Nicole Pruitt watches television in one of the 10 rooms at the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. 
8 A cake and other treats in the kitchen of Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Relatives stay at the Fisher House to be close to patients at the nearby VA Medical Center. 
9 Guests at the Fisher House in Minneapolis, Minn. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. The Fisher House provides a place to stay for families of patients who are being treated at the nearby VA Medical Center.