Fort Riley to Build Complex For Wounded Soldiers

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ Army officials are breaking ground on a new $52 million complex for wounded soldiers at Fort Riley.

The facility will replace a collection of temporary buildings that have housed the Warrior Transition Battalion. The new project will have 130 barracks rooms, a child development center, administrative spaces and the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

During Friday's event, Army officials also will sign the Warrior Care Covenant, which signifies a commitment to continue care to wounded soldiers and their families.

The Army launched the Warrior Transition program in 2007 in response to concerns about the quality of care soldiers were receiving as they recovered from their combat wounds.

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