Take a tour of the Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge in Palo Alto California. Each year, more than 63,000 veterans come to the Palo Alto VA hospital for treatment. The hospital is the largest and most medically advanced facility in the Western United States and Pacific Rim. The Defenders Lodge provides a much-needed “home away from home” for these veterans– who often require complex care for the rest of their lives –while they receive treatment. The lodge is free to VA patients and caregivers and provides state-of-the-art accommodations for more than 20,000 nights of stay each year.