As Fort Belvoir grows, its new base hospital and Warrior Transition Unit Complex are increasingly becoming the place where severely wounded soldiers are sent for treatment and rehabilitation. But where can the soldiers go to escape the hospital, the rehab, the boredom?
The USO has stepped in. The mostly volunteer support group for American troops has built its largest-ever facility, the Warrior and Family Center, a dazzling 20,000-square foot building just steps away from the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The USO center has space dedicated to social interaction and fun, space for quiet reflection, and space for education and business training. And a full-sized golf simulator, which sort of touches on all three.
The $12 million center was built entirely through financial donations, including $5 million from the Northrop Grumman Foundation, $2 million from the Kuwait America Foundation, and technical equipment and appliances donated by companies such as Cisco Systems, Verizon and Lowe’s. The USO broke ground on a smaller, sister center in Bethesda in November, again funded by donations such as $1 million from actor Charlie Sheen.
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