Construction begins for the new USO Learning Center at Fort Belvoir

Ground was broken this morning for a new USO Learning Center at Fort Belvoir and Mr. Phil Burdette, Principal Director at the Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy was in the crowd to mark the occasion.

The Learning Center is designed to provide a welcoming environment to help wounded, ill and injured Service members plan for their futures.  The formal side of the center is similar to a typical classroom environment and hosts seminars, trainings and classes.  The informal side of the center is arranged as a home-like amosphere conducive to one-on-one learning.

Upon entering the Learning Center, Service members and families are greeted by a staff member who shares a schedule of classes and events and helps the Service member and family determine which assistance track best fits their needs.  After the inital assessment process, Service members and families can be assigned a mentor who works with them to develop an individuals learning plan, and reports back on progress of the plan to USO staff.

The end goal of the training and mentoring process is for the Service members or family member to secure a job or internship.

The programs offered at the Learning Center will support Service members and their families assigned to Fort Belvoir and the new Walter Reed/Bethesda, and will serve as a complement to existing training, education and employment efforts, such as the Wounded Warrior Employment and Education Initiative (E2I) sponsored by the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy.

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