FINDING REST AND RECOVERY
ADAA Immediate Past President Stephen E. Spadaro(left) and Federal Services District Trustee U.S. Army SGM Exerline M. Drumm (right) present Judith Markelz,
Manager of the WFSC, with a donation check on behalf of ADAA.
The Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, opened in 2003 to coordinate care for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and to help their families navigate the military’s healthcare system. The original intention was for the one–room center to be temporary and close its doors after six months of operation. Seven years later, the facility has been expanded and renamed the Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC), thanks to the donations of over 5,000 individuals, businesses and foundations.
Originally hosted in a 1,200 square foot office, the WFSC now boasts 12,000 square feet of space, including kitchen facilities, learning facility for computerized training, private counseling rooms, business center, game room and large social gathering area. The new facility was designed to exude an inviting and comforting atmosphere, serving as a welcome refuge and second home for wounded soldiers and their families. Over 4,000 wounded soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen have passed through the center while receiving treatment at the nearby Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).
For many of the wounded, arrival at the center signals the beginning of what can be months of long, painful rehabilitation. Depression and boredom can be common and the WFSC provides a means of combating these issues, including offering books, movies and other forms of entertainment. Family members can stay at the two adjacent Fisher Houses while their loved ones are in recovery, although there is often a long waiting list for housing there.
The WFSC has also initiated an expansion project, dubbed “Phase II” to incorporate therapeutic gardens and recreational areas adjacent to the center to help promote mental, emotional and physical health. Much of the work of running the WFSC and caring for the wounded soldiers is done by volunteer staff, and much of the center’s operation is made possible by private donations.
How to make your ADAA Donation count!
Donations can be made via credit card by phone to ADAA at (877) 874-3785
Donations can also be made via mail. Checks should be made out to “ADAA” and sent to:
35 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601-2211
Fax: (312) 542-1496
Toll Free: (877) 874-3785
*BE SURE TO MARK WFSC ON THE MEMO LINE!!
The WFSC also accepts donations of items such as phone cards, gift cards, disposable cameras, baked goods, candy, individually–wrapped snacks, pens, pencils, music, DVDs, popcorn, diapers, formula and personal hygiene products.
The Warrior and Family Support Center is a nonprofit 501c3 endeavor; all donations are tax–deductible.