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Video: USO Opens Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Video by Eric Brandner and Joseph Andrew Lee 

BETHESDA, Md.—Years in the making, the USO opened its second Warrior and Family Center on Tuesday on the grounds of Naval Service Activity Bethesda, the home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

More than 100 people – including Department of Defense officials, wounded warriors, esteemed donors and even Miss America – attended the ceremony at the new center.

“This is where the future begins,” USO President John Pray said. “We built this Warrior and Family Center to serve all troops and their families who pass through this healing center of excellence."

The 16,217-square-foot center has places for recovering troops and their families and caregivers to relax and plan their futures away from the grind of the hospital. Outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, the Warrior and Family Center has a classroom for recovering troops to take college courses, plenty of computers to communicate or even Skype with their buddies back home and a fireside lounge and kitchen where they can relax and grab a bite to eat. Troops seeking to have a good time can hit the sports lounge – where they can watch the biggest games – or visit the studio, where they can work on creative projects or jam on house instruments.


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