Fort Riley Breaks Ground on Complex for Wounded Soldiers

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ Army officials held a ground-breaking ceremony Friday for 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 signed the Warrior Care Covenant, which signifies a commitment to continue care to wounded soldiers and their families.

Fort Riley's Commanding General Perry WIggins said the facility is a recognition of some soldiers who have really sacrificed a great deal for our nation. He says their "mission is to heal and this complex will help them get there."

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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