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July/August 2005
FEATURE
 
 

Veterans Guest House
Supporting Veterans and Families in Reno
 

BY GEORG-ANDREAS POGANY

In times of need, sometimes perfect strangers come together as family to support each other. When Dick Rhyne encountered families of hospitalized veterans sleeping in cars in the Reno VA Medical Center parking lot to be near their loved ones, he envisioned a nearby, comfortable, and compassionate place for families to stay while veterans undergo medical treatment.

The result was the Veterans Guest House program, a unique, private, not-for-profit undertaking that supports America’s veterans in their time of need. Because veterans and their families live throughout the state and often must travel great distances for specialized medical care, the Veterans Guest House provides a comfort home near the Reno VAMC.

The Veterans Guest House gives families the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Social services at both the Reno VAMC and the Washoe Medical Center refer qualified families to the Veterans Guest House.

In 1991, several obstacles and hurdles had to be overcome. In 1992-93, a building fund was established and a tax-exempt status obtained. In 1994, the present location was leased, and an option to buy was executed that December. On Veterans Day 2004, a new house was dedicated.

Parents, spouses, other relatives, or anyone supporting a seriously ill or injured inpatient veteran may stay at the Veterans Guest House. Eligible families stay as guests without cost. There is never a charge for lodging, food, or services. A contribution of $25 per guest is requested to help defray costs, but no one is refused for lack of funds. The Veterans Guest House receives no government funds and relies on public contributions.

   

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