Construction of the Lexington Fisherman’s House

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Construction is underway on a new facility at Lexington VA Medical Center.

It’s a fisherman’s house, a place where veterans and their families can stay for free while their loved ones receive care.


What do you want to know

  • Lexington will soon unveil a fisherman’s house to house veterans and their families while they receive medical treatment
  • Rick and Nancy Pounds share their experience when they used a Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base
  • The 13,400 square foot Fisher House in Lexington will feature 16 private suites with a shared kitchen, dining room and living room
  • Completion is expected by the end of the year

Throughout the country there are 90 such houses.

Rick and Nancy Pounds say the Fisher House is needed and will benefit many veterans and families in Central Kentucky.

“They met on the Air Force Academy track team,” Nancy said, describing her relationship between her daughter and son-in-law. “She threw the javelin and he threw the discus.”

The Pounds post their daughter’s engagement photo taken in Keeneland. Both Dana and David served in the US Air Force. Captain David Lyon was killed in a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013. (Spectrum News 1/Khyati Patel)

The Pounds post their daughter’s engagement photo taken in Keeneland. Both Dana and David served in the US Air Force. Captain David Lyon was killed in a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013. (Spectrum News 1/Khyati Patel)

In December 2013, a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan killed their son-in-law, Captain David Lyon.

“When you get that call, it will never be the same again. But that doesn’t mean it’s all over. It means going through and persevering and continuing to love people and to receive their love,” Nancy said.

The couple immediately wanted to be with their daughter, Dana, overseas at the time and en route to Dover Air Force Base.

Simultaneously, the Department of Defense coordinated the couple’s trip from Lexington to the Fisher House in Delaware.

“It was incredibly frustrating for a dad, especially one who has a desire, like I guess most dads do, to fix things when they’re upset, when there’s a problem and despite never having used the words, ‘Daddy fix it,'” Rick said. “But when she called to tell us what was going on, she was really like, ‘Daddy, can you fix this?’ Impossible to fix it.

They arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to find amenities at the Fisher house, without having to think about housing.

“I’m in the dark while I’m at it. {I} started doing better because of the folks at Fisher House,” Rick said. “But those floodgates reopened when she arrived because in that moment it was real. It wasn’t a nightmare, it wasn’t a bad dream. It was real, and we had to just start taking on the challenges and moving forward.

The Dover Fisher House is dedicated to veterans and families of the fallen.

“So being in this unique fisherman’s home because it was unique to this base, they were well prepared to meet the needs of people whose hearts have just been ripped out,” Rick said.

The Books support the opening of the Fisher House in Lexington.

“Even for people who will come and use Lexington Fisher House, even if they can afford to pay, it frees up their minds to help them focus on healing their loved one,” Rick said.

It will provide families of veterans with a home environment while receiving care at Lexington VA Medical Center.

“It was a spectacular experience, an experience we wish we had never had. But under the circumstances, they made it incredibly tolerable,” Rick said.

The 13,400 square foot home will feature 16 private suites with a shared kitchen, dining room and living room. Fisher House in Lexington is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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