While we can never do enough for our wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers, today we have the opportunity to do something very special for them.
The USO is preparing to open a brand new 21,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the U.S. Army's Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir. It is dedicated to helping wounded, ill and injured troops relax in comfort with the support of their loved ones -- and reclaim the full, rich lives they deserve so much.
While the USO has been supporting wounded, ill and injured troops since World War II, this is the first-ever USO Warrior and Family Center in the United States designed and intended primarily for these healing heroes. We have launched our "Here for America's Heroes" campaign to raise $200,000 in the next 11 days to help stock the new USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir and support the USO's other programs and services for our troops.
Why the urgent deadline? At least 40,000 of our nation's finest men and women have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. And an estimated 400,000 more suffer from the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
The USO needs to be there for them to provide comfort as they begin to recover and reintegrate back into their lives at home. And we need your support to do everything we can to make their recovery process successful.
I know how much this new center will mean to all our healing heroes. But until we stock it with all they need, it will only be an empty shell. I hope I can rely on you to play an integral role in this mission quickly. When the first troops come through those doors, they'll know just how much you care.
Thank you for being Here for America's Heroes,
General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret.) Chairman of the Board, USO