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HOPE for Healing
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Our brave men and women, sons and daughter, husbands and wives serve in our military to protect our freedom and democracy throughout the world. Those that are inured face more challenges after their return home. Recovery can be long and arduous and having family there to be a part of the healing process in crucial. Imagine staying in hotels for months and months on a soldier’s income. That is next to impossible and not being able to see your family during recovery after so much sacrifice is unconscionable.

There was a dream that is now reality, providing affordable temporary housing for families of those facing a medical crisis. It is Fisher House. Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 64 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers. Many more houses are under construction or in design phase.

These wounded warriors are America’s families and we owe it to them to ensure they receive the care to bring them back to wellness, wholeness and happiness. This is America’s duty to our wounded warriors. Listen to our discussion and learn how you can be part of a great dream come true.
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A Sharpe Outlook: Hope for Healing

Former US Congressman Steven T. Kuykendall joins the program to discuss Fisher House, which provides military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
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Fisher House Foundation

Helping Military Families. Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.


Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Steven T. Kuykendall
Steven T. Kuykendall served in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001 representing California’s 36th Congressional District. Congressman Kuykendall served on the Armed Services, the Science and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees of the House.

Before his election to Congress, Mr. Kuykendall served two terms in the California State Assembly, from 1994 to 1998. During his first term in the state legislature, he served as Republican Whip. He also served on the Banking and Finance, Labor and Employment, Higher Education, and Utilities and Commerce Committees. In addition, Steven co-authored California's "Megan's Law" and wrote the "Tyler Jaeger Act" to protect children from abuse and child molesters.

Mr. Kuykendall began his public service as councilman and mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes. Commissioned as a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant in 1968, Mr. Kuykendall served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He rose to the rank of Captain and retired in 1973 after a permanent shoulder injury. In 1973, Mr. Kuykendall became a businessman working in the commercial and mortgage-banking field until 1994. In 2013 Mr. Kuykendall became the volunteer president and CEO of Fisher House Southern California, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity, dedicated to raising funds for the construction of a Fisher House on the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center campus.

Congressman Kuykendall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Oklahoma City University (1968) and a Masters of Business Administration from San Diego State University (1974). He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, First Marine Division Association, Military Officers Association of America, Rotary International and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. He and his wife, Jan, live in Long Beach, California and have three grown.