|Shannon Maxwell and Robin Kelleher stand in front of the new Warrior Hope and Care Center.|
Photos by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans
On Friday, December 7, 2012, Camp Lejeune officially opened their brand new, state-of-the-art, Warrior Hope and Care Center. The facility is 37,000 square feet and cost $29 million to build.
And it is beautiful.
The concept for the Hope and Care Center was conceived by Hope For The Warriors® leadership. In early 2007, they attended the ribbon cutting for the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) in San Antonio. CFI provides rehabilitation for wounded service members with the goal to return service members to the highest levels of physical, psychological and emotional function.
Our country and military has come so far in these five years that it is difficult to remember what was happening in 2007 to our wounded service members who returned home. At the time, some wounded service members were returning from combat and were receiving medical care aboard Camp Lejeune. However, after their doctor appointments, they were returning alone to an empty barrack's room. Those in San Antonio were receiving top rehabilitative care, but that was not the case everywhere.
Hope For The Warriors® asked, "What about those that return to Camp Lejeune?"
Architecture plans for a facility on Camp Lejeune were drawn up and Hope For The Warriors® donated those plans to the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps began work at both Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton.
And now that facility is ready to provide the best care possible to those who have sacrificed so much.
The founders of Hope For The Warriors®, Robin Kelleher and Shannon Maxwell attended and were honored to cut the ribbon. Five years of hard work and vision finally coming to fruition. Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Amos was there as well as MajGen Robert Dickerson, USMC (Ret.). Hope For The Warriors® worked closely with both of these great Marines in the early years of our organization.
Hope For The Warriors® is also represented in the lobby. A custom-built, Harley Davidson motorcycle sits in the lobby. A blog on the motorcycle will be coming soon. Watch for it!
Stay tuned--this spring, Hope For The Warriors® will unveil monuments in front of both Warrior Hope and Care Centers. The monuments are being designed and created by artist and Gold Star Father, John Phelps.
View more photos from the Ribbon-Cutting here.
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