A new housing unit has opened at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a marvelous addition to Madigan Army Hospital's efforts to serve our returning wounded veterans.
The Wounded Warrior Barracks at Madigan is a thoughtful, important, and well-designed housing unit that will give the recovering warriors a more home like residence where they and their families will be able to live on base, close to the necessary medical services that they need during their recovery periods.
These barracks will replace old portables and will offer many of the comforts of home. $53 million were spent on these new facilities for the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The barracks will house sick and wounded returning warriors in a modern 220,000 sq. ft. building that will offer, clean, modern apartments for some 408 soldiers. Those recovering from battle wounds and PTSD will find these facilities much more conducive to their healing, both physically and emotionally.
The new barracks will double the number of beds available for these purposes at Madigan. The facilities are mostly two bedroom apartments that have shared bathrooms and living areas with hardwood floors, kitchen, and private washing machines. The soldiers staying here will enjoy more of a feel of independence and privacy in these apartments. 42 of the apartments have been designed to meet the needs of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Though the new Barracks will be furnished and move-in-ready in September. What an improvement this is going to make in the lives of our wounded warriors. A new $16 million building will also be completed next year which will serve as the Wounded Warrior Transition Headquarters Building. It will be right near the new barracks making the necessary services for these patients easier and more available.
This is good news all around. The Military is taking care of their own and keeping their responsibility toward those who have given so much in service to the country. Just the newness of these facilities and the care with which they were designed will go a long way toward making the transition from the experiences of war to the different demands of civilian life with much more comfort and success. It is a tangible thank you to the young men and women who have worn the uniforms and done their duties. These are true heroes.