27 June 2011 the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Wounded Warrior and Family Care Center was held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Ft. Belvoir center is intended to provide respite for Military Veterans and their families during transition from post-war trauma to familial-based recovery and comfort. The center is not a medical facility, instead it is a health and wellness center where Wounded Warriors (support troops), husbands, wives, children, parents, brothers and sisters can support healing and recovery within a home and hearth atmosphere while whole person restoration is accomplished.
These are progressive healing centers with an eye on architecture, which promotes balance and well-being with meditative venues. The family support resources add special considerations such as educational provisions along with conventional living requirements.
In particular, the Fort Belvoir center, is slated to open fall 2012. This groundbreaking ceremony moves development from planning to a more progressive public outreach through Operation Enduring Care fundraising campaign. The campaign is geared to accommodate $100M in fundraising and provides $25M of allocated funds to centers under construction at Ft. Belvoir and Bethesda Maryland (Bethesda’s groundbreaking is slated for fall 2011). Another $50M is going to provide support programs once centers are operational with an additional $25M intended for center endowments to aid the Wounded Warriors themselves.
Sloan Gibson, President of the USO stated, “The USO’s mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families. When we ask the simple question who needs us most, in today’s operating environment, clearly, our wounded warriors and their families [are] at the top of the list.”
The USO as a 70-year old organization, believes the Wounded Warrior as well as all returning Veterans, deserves national support for having suffered the residual effects of war. Our troops have sacrificed and the USO believes in their support and promotion post-sacrifice. Congressional Rep. Gerald Connolly (D – Va.) states, “The nobility of the families providing support, even in difficult times” draws his admiration.
The target date for completion of the Fort Belvoir center is October 2012.
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