To be operated by the USO of Metropolitan Washington, the 25,000-square-foot facility will provide troops and their families with a variety of programs and support services and will be a place where they can find relief and understanding amid the rigors of rehabilitation and reintegration. Construction of the center is part of USO | Wounded Warriors, a comprehensive multiyear effort to create a "community of care" for wounded veterans and their families.
To that end, the USO has launched a capital campaign — Operation Enduring Care — to help build two Wounded Warrior and Family Centers — one at Fort Belvoir and a second at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. The gift from the Northrop Grumman Foundation, the largest in the USO history, was awarded as part of the campaign.
"There are more than forty thousand troops wounded in war, and America's wounded warriors are on the path to rebuilding their bodies and their lives," said USO president and CEO Sloan Gibson. "This reality drives the USO, and we are immensely grateful to the Northrop Grumman Foundation for energetically engaging with us as partners on behalf of wounded warriors."