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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
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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.defenderslodge.org

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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! http://www.defenderslodge.org

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We were honored to have so many guests attend the Defenders Lodge in Palo Alto, California including major donors Lee & Penny Anderson, and Mark Boal, writer and producer of "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Mark spoke with the San Jose Mercury News and you can read more about it in this story. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24271021/work-first-ever-defenders-lodge-wraps-up-palo?source=rss

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Christopher Flynn, president and CEO of the PenFed Foundation, shares his thoughts on Thanksgiving and the importance of giving our veterans nothing less than the best. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-j-flynn/giving-thanks-wounded-vet_b_4351198.html

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Here's a fact of the day about the Defenders Lodge: The entire project from the ground up takes accessibility into account. Every doorway and bathroom are wheelchair accessible. www.defenderslodge.org

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Christopher Flynn, president and CEO of the PenFed Foundation, spoke to Federal News Radio this morning about The Defenders Lodge. You can listen to the interview online here!

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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.defenderslodge.org

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If you haven't yet taken a tour of the Defenders Lodge, you can do a virtual walk-through here. It's pretty amazing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKdkklM_WDQ&list=UUeHbAXgOZ1i5X4pUlYEsdPA&feature=c4-overview

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Inside the new Defenders Lodge www.defenderslodge.org.

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The view from the new Defenders Lodge www.defenderslodge.org.

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