PORTSMOUTH -- There's a new placefor wounded service members at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth to continue their recovery.
Officials on Friday dedicated the Wounded Warrior Patriots' Inn, which is on the seventh floor of Building 3.
The $5.2 million project was 18-months in the making.With 13 private rooms that have queen-size beds, it looks more like a hotel room than a hospital room. The 18,500 square foot space also includes Fleet Liaison, disability counselors, Department of Veterans Affairs representatives, a recreation area and other services in a central location.
It's designed to help men and women from all branches of the armed forcestransition from hospital care to outpatient care.
'It's really just going to make a world of difference with Marines that are either transitioning out of the Marine Corps or back to active duty, just having everyone in one co-located area is just tremendous,' says GYSGTErnest Aguayo, who broke his back while onombat deployment in Iraq and the Horn of Africa.
'It goes a long way to helping the men and women and their family members as they're reintegrating into the community after sustaining injuries from war,' added Cathy Wilson with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.