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Honoring recovering U.S. Veterans: ADAA robes $5,000 for the Warrior Family Support Center.

A $5,000 check was presented by COL Priscilla Hamilton, SGM Exerline M. Drumm and past ADAA President SGM Stephen E. Spadaro (US Army, Ret.) to the Warrior Family Support Center (WFSC) on behalf of the entire ADAA family on December 23, 2010.

The ADAA is no stranger in helping our military. For over 60 years, ADAA has supported our heroes during all conflicts. During the 2010 Annual Conference, ADAA members once again stood tall and donated money to support them, where ADAA kicked off the 2010 fund raiser for the Warrior Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas.

As the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) continues, seriously injured soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are evacuated from the theater of operations to major medical facilities located on military installations. The Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) is one of the leading trauma centers and many of these wounded warriors receive their medical care there. Due to the seriousness of their injuries, these wounded warriors remain at the BAMC for an extended periods of time which, in many cases, can exceed 12 months. BAMC physicians noticed a need for family members to be intimately involved in the rehabilitation of their sons, daughters or spouses, and that a vital part of their recovery meant a need to have a "safe" environment away from the hospital.

At the physician's initiative, a committee was established to support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) troops on their road to recovery. The concept of the WFSC was developed by this committee, led by the Army Community Services (ACS) and authorized by the Garrison Commander.

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Through the extraordinary generosity of the greater San Antonio community, the doors opened to a new 12,500 square foot facility on December 8, 2008. The WFSC on Fort Sam Houston is the only one of its kind, offering a safe environment for military families to reconnect during medical treatment and restart their lives with the full support of the military community.

The WFSC provides coordinated services to patients, next-of-kin and extended family members with a primary focus on OIF and OEF warriors. It provides a friendly, comfortable environment in which to take a break, watch movies on big screen TVs, play video games, check e-mail or use the Internet, select a book or magazine to read, make a phone call or just grab a cup of coffee. Wounded warriors and their family members visit the WFSC to maintain contact with other military members or extended family members, to receive emotional support and answers to theft questions, and to extend theft rehabilitation away from the hospital.

The rehabilitation involves learning to cope with war-related disabilities as individuals, as couples and as families. The WFSC schedules over 48 activities every month with opportunities to attend sporting events, movie nights, plays at the Majestic Theatre, concerts, fiestas, shopping trips, luncheons, dinners, bingo, fishing trips and more. All events and trips are free of charge. The WFSC is staffed by caring volunteers from the military community, wounded warriors and ACS personnel.

Goods, services and money donated by businesses, churches, schools and private individuals help keep the WFSC supplied with items such as phone cards, games and baked goods.

Thank you for your generous donations in 2010. We will continue to support the Warrior Family Support Center during 2011. If you would like to give in 2011, please mail donations to:

ADAA

Attn: Warrior Family Support Center

35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730

Chicago, IL 60601

Stephen E. Spadaro, ADAA President 2008-2009
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Title Annotation:Association Business; American Dental Assistants Association
Author:Spadaro, Stephen E.
Publication:The Dental Assistant
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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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