USO to Break Ground on State-of-the-Art Warrior and Family Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda

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USO hosts ground breaking ceremony for USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda to support troops battling visible wounds of war, along with their families and caregivers

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Ground Breaking Ceremony for the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, Maryland

In Order of Appearance
-Captain Frederick ‘Fritz’ Kass, Commanding Officer, NSA Bethesda
-Sloan Gibson, President and CEO, USO
-Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, Surgeon General of the Navy
-Edward T. Reilly, Co-Chair, Operation Enduring Care
-General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret), 15th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chairman, USO Board of Governors
-Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D) Maryland’s 8th District
-Elaine Rogers, President, USO of Metropolitan Washington

It is the USO’s goal that the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda will give our healing heroes and their caregivers a home away from home while they recover, as well as critical non-medical support, so that they may heal with honor. Our nation’s wounded, ill and injured troops and their families face many difficult challenges during the recovery and transition process, especially while receiving medical treatment. Remaining positive and optimistic can be a constant challenge, made worse by the uncertainty surrounding physical limitations, lack of knowledge about potential career opportunities and concern about stresses on their families. Families face the physical and emotional stresses that come with caring for a severely injured loved one, coping with lengthy separations, dealing with the day-to-day business of life, and facing a difficult transition to the future. The USO is uniquely positioned to establish a first-class support network for our nation’s healing heroes. The ground breaking of the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda comes approximately 90 days before the grand opening of the USO’s Warrior and Family Center at Ft. Belvoir which will support troops battling invisible wounds of war. Both centers are being funded through Operation Enduring Care (OEC) - a USO initiative to deliver the resources needed to support our healing heroes, their families and caregivers through their recovery process. OEC is the USO’s largest commitment in its history.

SPECIAL NOTE: Media wishing to cover this event must RSVP by 5:00p, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. To RSVP and receive base access instructions, please contact Kenya Friend-Daniel at 703-908-6491 or kfriend-daniel(at)uso(dot)org.

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About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

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