PHOTOS: Warrior and Family Center Opens to Troops, Families
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Prior to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, military families had the chance to spend Super Bowl Sunday at the new Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Then, on Tuesday, the new center officially opened to wounded, ill and injured troops and their families. At more than 20,000 square feet, the new center provides relaxation and learning as they continue their road to recovery and transition to the new phases of their lives.
The center is strategically positioned on Fort Belvoir, adjacent to the Warrior Transition Unit Complex to serve the most important non-clinical needs of the patients and their families.
“What you won't see (at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir) are the names of nearly a quarter of a million individual Americans that have made a donation honoring wounded, ill and injured troops and their families to Operation Enduring Care. I think when we talk about this center being a gift from the American people that's what we are talking about,” said USO President Sloan Gibson.
There are more than 20 unique spaces including a business center, dining room, art room, healing gardens as well as a game room and music room. These spaces provide troops and their families and caregivers the opportunity to learn, share and create memorable experiences. The Sports Lounge gives troops the chance to relax and socialize while enjoying a football game or playing their favorite course on the Full Swing Golf simulator.
At left, the Super Bowl Sunday guests react to the Jeep® Super Bowl commercial that honors our nation's military.
"To our service members and their families and caregivers, welcome home. This is your home,” said Elaine Rogers, President and CEO, USO of Metropolitan Washington during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
(USO photos by Doug Van Sant and Mike Theiler. Produced by Christian Pelusi)
* Read our ribbon-cutting ceremony story for more information on the new Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir.
* Shop USO Wishbook to donate funds that helps more troops and families enjoy the programs and services that the USO offers worldwide.
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