Largest Center in USO History to Open at Fort Belvoir, VA

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USO Warrior and Family Center to provide a “home away from home” for local troops, wounded warriors, their families and caregivers as they recover and heal with honor

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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
1:00-2:30pm EST
*Media must RSVP by noon Monday, Feb 4th for gate clearance
**Media need to arrive by noon at the Tulley Gate for escort on Tuesday, Feb 5th

USO Warrior and Family Center
5940 9th Street
(9th Street and Belvoir Rd)
Fort Belvoir, VA

Sloan Gibson, CEO and President, USO
Elaine Rogers, CEO and President, USO Metropolitan of Washington, DC
Colonel Gregory Gadson, Commander of the U.S. Army Fort Belvoir Garrison
General Frank Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau
H.E. Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah, The Kuwait America Foundation
Senior government officials
Members of Congress
Senior military members
Individual and corporate donors
Wounded, ill and injured troops
USO Metropolitan of Washington, DC volunteers    

The largest center in USO history, the USO Warrior and Family Center will support wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers as well as local active duty troops, reservists, members of the National Guard and their families. It will be a place where families of our wounded, ill and injured troops can be together, away from the hospital environment. It will also be a place where they can reconnect with their fellow service members and their community and make the necessary transitions to service or civilian life. Here, they can enjoy a home-cooked meal, their children can play, and troops and their families can rest, relax and begin to work toward the future in a positive and supportive environment.

The center is an integral part of the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Complex at Fort Belvoir. The USO amenities on the center’s grounds provide a central gathering place to enhance the most important non-clinical needs of the patients and their families. Strategically located directly adjacent to the WTU, our healing heroes and their families and caregivers have easy access to the hospital and a host of support services to help in their recovery process.

The building — which measures more than 20,000 square feet and has more than 20 unique spaces— includes a business center, dining room, healing gardens as well as a game room and music room that will provide a place for USO Warrior and Family Care programs and activities that promote:

  • Physical health and recreation
  • Family strengthening
  • Positive behavioral health
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Community reintegration

Media interested in covering the event must RSVP to Gayle Fishel at 703-908-6433 or Michelle Shortencarrier at 703-864-6429 by noon on Monday, February 4th. Media will not be allowed access to the installation unless and until an authorized Public Affairs representative is available to provide escort from the gate to the event site.


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.

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