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The Defenders Lodge

The Defenders Lodge is a free hotel for veterans undergoing medical care at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. The construction, which is already underway and funded entirely through private donations, is slated to be completed later this year. The initiative is a $17 million public-private partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs in which the foundation is raising $11 in private donations to cover the cost of construction. www.penfedfoundation.org/defenderslodge

After years in the making, the new Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge has officially opened and welcomed its first guests yesterday! The lodge is the nation’s largest free hotel for service members and veterans undergoing medical care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and is expected to serve up to 20,000 of our nations' warriors annually. On its first night, 52 veterans were served and there are 46 more scheduled for tonight! www.defenderslodg...

Taking a moment to thank a list of generous donors who have made contributions of $1,000 or more to support The Defenders Lodge, the largest free hotel for veterans set to welcome guests in 2014 and made possible through a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. www.defenderslodg...

Here's a fact of the day about the new Defenders Lodge: The lodge will save wounded veterans $3,088,800 per year on average in lodging costs (assuming a 10 percent vacancy rate). With most patients coming for appointments once a month requiring two nights of stay each visit, this translates into a savings of $2,500-$4,000 per veteran each year. www.defenderslodg...

The Defenders Lodge (officially called the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge) will soon be a reality for our veterans. The new lodge will feature a reading room, an open-air atrium, and 52 first-class private rooms. youtu.be/wlyHZo8TFRI

Have you visited the new website of the Defenders Lodge? This free hotel for veterans undergoing outpatient medical care at the VA hospital in Palo Alto is officially now called the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge and is on schedule to open doors soon! www.defenderslodg...

Here's an inspiring story about two people who are remembering the life of a Marine while supporting The Defenders Lodge, a free hotel for veterans. You too can make your own contribution to the new lodge in honor of a loved one by making a donation online at www.defenderslodg... www.contracostati...

Here are the latest photo of what is now officially called the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, formally known as The Defenders Lodge. +1 this post if you think the exterior looks awesome! www.defenderslodg...

Thanks to the San Jose Mercury News for its piece on the PenFed Foundation and our work in building the Defenders Lodge, officially now called the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge! www.mercurynews.c...

This weekend we'll hold an exclusive fundraiser to benefit the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge. The event will take place this Sunday at a private estate in Saratoga, Calif., hosted by noted philanthropists Mary Ellen and Michael E. Fox Sr. Dignitaries will include two-time Super Bowl winner Dwight Clark! www.defenderslodg... (Photo courtesy of bit.ly/1cN1bZT.)