USO Warrior & Family Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Supporting the Nation's Wounded Warriors, Their Families, and Caregivers
This facility will allow us to enhance that 360 degree care and support of our service members and their families. It will serve as a place of respite and allow them to recharge their batteries, both mentally and physically, and be energized for the next day.
Capt. David Bitonti, Commander, Naval Support Activity Bethesda,
Bethesda, Maryland
Studios Architecture
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16,000 Square Feet
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Constructed in 13 months, the 16,000 square-foot center is designed to re-energize those who are healing. The facility features a large commercial kitchen, living room-like area with a fireplace, multi-functional community room, therapeutic art studio, lounge, computer center, and a music room, as well as a healing garden, children's playground, and outdoor patios, complete with fire pits.

The USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda is a 16,000 square-foot home-away-from-home for America’s wounded, ill, and injured troops and their families and caregivers. The single-story building is designed to provide a place for USO Warrior and Family Care programs and activities addressing physical health and recreation, behavioral health, family strengthening and education, employment and community reintegration.

The USO Warrior and Family Center was designed to feature three zones. The first zone – recreation and normalcy – provides gathering and social spaces for recovering troops, their families and caregivers. The second zone – respite – is designed to be a place for quiet contemplation. The third program zone – education and work – is a place where guests can receive individual support and guidance as they look to forge careers in the civilian workforce.

It includes the USO’s state-of-the-art learning center, which will give troops and their families an opportunity to get a jump on their next steps in life.

The center is surrounded by healing gardens, a sprawling botanical layout that is aimed at boosting both behavioral health – through the calming effect of the scenery – and physical rehabilitation via the paths and inclines where wounded, ill and injured troops can relearn to walk.