STUART, Fla. - Thousands came out Monday to Memorial Park in Stuart for the annual Veterans Day Parade. It's a celebration of battles fought in the past. But many veterans have battles to fight today, even if it's not entirely their fight.
When Alan Atwood's brother got sick over the summer, he didn't hesitate to come down to Florida from Indiana.
But with his brother hospitalized 52 days, money was tight.
"Been staying in motels but the finances were just depleted, gone," said Atwood.
Hospital personnel directed the Gulf War Veteran to Molly's House in Stuart.
It's a hospital "hospitality house", providing short-term, low cost accommodations for families whose loved ones are either in the hospital, or getting outpatient care.
"No one knows when it's going to happen. You go when you're needed but sometimes you don't have the financial resources to do it," said Louise Murtaugh, the Executive Director for Molly's House.
On Veterans Day, Molly's House announced that it is permanently designating two of its 14 rooms for veterans and their families.
It's the only facility of its kind between Miami and Orlando providing housing for both children and adults.
"It's very homey. It gives you a security feeling a secure feeling. They're great wonderful people. They're so nice," said Alan Atwood.
Molly's House serves all five counties in our viewing area and there's no maximum stay. Guests are referred by area medical facilities. Its' privately funded through grants, donations and the modest room charge of 20-dollars a night.
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