Greenhouse Opened To Help Wounded Fort Riley Soldiers

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Wounded soldiers at Fort Riley now have access to a unique facility to help them recover from their injuries.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday for the new occupational therapy greenhouse garden at the Resiliency Learning Center on Custer Hill.

The Kansas State University Research and Extension program at Fort Riley along with the Warrior Transition Battalion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic collaborated on the project.

The greenhouse, donated by the Kansas Agribility Project Grant, is the first project of its kind on Fort Riley and hopes to benefit Soldiers with mild traumatic brain injuries by providing healing through horticultural work.

The facility will enhance occupational therapy options for soldiers in the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic and soldiers with the Warrior Transition Battalion.

The soldiers will start by growing and maintaining common household plants and will work up to fruit and vegetable gardens.

Colonel Craig Webb, the acting commander for Irwin Army Community Hospital, told 13 News: "Soldiers who have Mild Traumatic Brain Injury sometimes will have difficulty with memory. Sometimes they’ll have difficulty with sequencing something, putting one step after another. The other thing they have difficulty with is fine motor movement- using their hands to take care of plants, to trim plants, to pot plants. And so as they take care of the plants in this new greenhouse, they’ll learn all of those skills while also at the same time learning a life skill that they can take with them as they recover and move on to the next stage of their lives."

More than 30 volunteers from Fort Riley and the community worked to build the greenhouse.


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