Helping in Healing: Grant from The Bob Woodruff Foundation Supports USO Efforts

During the time her husband, journalist Bob Woodruff, spent recovering from a roadside bomb blast that nearly killed him in Iraq, Lee Woodruff found moments of healing, quiet and temporary escape by gardening.

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USO President Sloan Gibson speaks with Anne Marie Dougherty, center, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and Barbara Lau, the foundation’s charitable investment program director, on Feb. 5 at the grand opening of the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Va. USO photo by Mike Theiler

It’s no coincidence that recovering troops, their families and caregivers can seek their own peace of mind in the Healing Garden outside the new USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Va.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation provided a generous grant to the USO to support education, employment training, rehabilitation and quality of life for our nation’s recovering heroes. The foundation also supported the Healing Garden, which will be in full bloom by spring. The garden will provide respite and tranquility for all who visit the center.

Walking from the building to the garden, visitors will read a message from the Bob Woodruff Foundation engraved along the path. Spaced out on the sidewalk will be the words Hope, Faith, Family and Resilience. The last part of the message will read: “Honoring the indomitable human spirit.”

“This is what we believe in. In keeping with what Bob and Lee envisioned for the Foundation, the Bob Woodruff Foundation seeks strategic partners that share a proven history of caring for the wounded and their families and the USO does just that,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, the executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

–Story by USO Publicaitons

3 thoughts on “Helping in Healing: Grant from The Bob Woodruff Foundation Supports USO Efforts

  1. USO Maryland, hoping to contact someone. My son’s unit is flying in to BWI Friday April 5th in the eve. His unit is 12 but there are more not sure all are coming in to BWI from Kyrgyzstan. They will arrive after the USO is closed. They have a 6 hour layover, not enough time to store gear and get to a hotel. Of course they will be tired, hungry etc. Can anything be in place for them when they arrive at BWI? It would be a tremendous blessing after their deployment. They have traveled from Afghanistan to Kyrgyzstan to BWI. His name is MSgt Thomas Carpino USAF. Thank you to anyone who can help.

    • Hi Kathy!

      Thanks for connecting with us via our blog and Facebook! We’re getting this request in and will have a response from our center director shortly!!

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