Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 28, 2014
When troops and military families serving on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda need a place to connect with loved ones, or to just take a break from their daily routine, the new USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda will be there to welcome them. For those who are treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the USO Center will serve as a getaway from hospital living where healing heroes, their families and caregivers can rest, relax and enjoy some of the comforts of home.
On April 1, 2014, the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda will open its doors because of the generous support of the American public and corporations, such as A. James Clark’s company Clark Construction Group. Mr. Clark’s company constructed the center at Bethesda and donated $6.5 million to the USO’s Operation Enduring Care, the fundraising campaign launched to fund the center at Bethesda and its sister center located on Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
“As we celebrate the opening of our new USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda and prepare to open its doors to a very special group of Americans – our wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers – we know that this remarkable facility will have a significant impact on our military community for years to come,” said John I. Pray, Jr., CEO and President of the USO. “An impact made possible because of the tremendous support of caring companies, foundations and individuals who completely understand that what we have accomplished together is so much more than a building – it is a warm and caring place where recovering troops and their loved ones will build the hope and confidence they need to sustain their individual healing journeys.”
The more than 16,000 square foot center will offer hundreds of programs focused on physical health and recreation, family strengthening, positive behavioral health, education, employment and community reintegration.
In addition to support from A. James Clark’s company, Clark Construction Group, the following companies, organizations and individuals stepped up and joined the USO’s endeavor to restore a sense of normalcy to the lives of America’s healing heroes, their families and caregivers as well as transitioning troops.
$2 MILLION GIFTS AND ABOVE
$1 MILLION GIFTS AND ABOVE
BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION DONORS
OPERATION ENDURING CARE DONORS
The following donors contributed to the construction of the USO Warrior and Family Center at Belvoir, the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda and/or the programs that will take place at these centers.
With the vision and dedication of STUDIOS Architecture, Huffman Developments and Quatrefoil Inc., who respectively designed, oversaw construction and supported the landscaping and gardening at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda, this state-of-the-art facility will have a positive, lasting impact on America's recovering and returning military community.
Attributed to Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson, the Official Healthcare Sponsor of the USO:
“Johnson & Johnson is committed to improving the health and wellness of our veterans and their families, and we’re proud to support the USO and Operation Enduring Care. This unique facility will enable our soldiers to rehabilitate while surrounded by their loved ones. This direct support will have a very positive impact on their recovery and the health of the entire family in the long-term.”
Attributed to Charlie Sheen:
"Throughout my career I've played roles that have showcased our military heroes. In my heart I knew I needed to do more which is why I've taken action for our troops and their families. The Studio is an epic room for these heroes to use their creative spirit through music and art. I have faith that they will find new ways to express themselves as they reintegrate back home. With absolute respect and gratitude, I look forward to hearing from the men and women who have sacrificed so much doing a job so many would not."
Attributed to Kelly Caffarelli, President of The Home Depot Foundation:
“While we work towards our mission of ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home, we are proud to support the USO in providing the comforts of home to wounded warriors and their families as they face the difficult challenge of adjusting to their new normal. We have seen how important it is for injured veterans to have a strong support network surrounding them, and how important it is to have their loved ones with them. The USO Warrior and Family Center will provide a home-like environment in a community among others facing the same challenges where veterans and their families can access services to help them achieve a smoother transition.”
To learn more about the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda and the impact it will have on our nation’s healing heroes, visit http://www.uso.org. Click here to visit the press kit, which will be updated with more photos and information when the center opens on April 1.
About the USO
The USO 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, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.