Taking Care of Your Own

…can be a wonderful thing.

From the first day of boot camp, a Marine is part of a team, rarely serving or fighting alone. That ends when a Marine is severely injured in combat and rushed from the field for medical care. Those without family to care for them at home can find themselves alone with no place to go.
“They don’t even have uniforms,” said Lt. Gen. James Amos, commander of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. “A lot of their stuff was left in Iraq or lost.”
To give recovering Marines daily support and companionship, the military created the Wounded Warrior Support Section, a renovated barracks at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, the Corps’ largest base on the East Coast.
There is nothing else like it in the Marine Corps, Amos said. Some battalion commanders were initially reluctant about the idea, he said, but the experience of wounded Marines living and recovering with each other has proven to aid their healing process.
“Some of these kids have seen things that few humans will see in life,” said Amos, whose commands include more than 47,000 Marines and sailors. “When you’re in a huge gun battle, you come away with thoughts and memories. Some may struggle with it. What we found is these kids need to talk to one another.”

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