USO opens largest Warrior and Family Center in Fort Belvoir - WNCT

USO opens largest Warrior and Family Center in Fort Belvoir

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FORT BELVOIR, Va. -

It's a place for music, play, and quiet reflection.

Wounded warriors are finding a sanctuary for healing at Fort Belvoir's new USO center.

Colonel Gregory Gadson knows how hard returning home can be. He lost both legs fighting in Iraq in 2007.

That fear is still reflected in Colonel Gadson's photographs. His work lines the wall of the center's second floor.

Soldiers here are also battling injuries you can't see. Those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, use yoga, video games and this creative arts program called Combat Paper, to help them transition back
to civilian life.

Everything in this high tech facility, even this kitchen, is designed with one purpose and that's to help comfort soldiers and their families.

Colonel Gadson found his light. He now commands Fort Belvoir thanks in part to support systems like the USO.

And there is plenty of space for it, 20,000 square feet, all dedicated to putting soldiers on the road to recovery.

The $12 million facility was completely funded through donations.

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