New Rehabilitation Center Opens in San Antonio

I’m really glad our government is making an effort to rehabilitate the men and women who have given so much for their country, but I can’t help but think how unnecessary this war is and how poorly it has been executed. What a horrifying waste.

AP Photo/Eric Gay

A $50 million high-tech rehabilitation center opened its doors Monday, designed to serve the growing number of U.S. troops who return from war as amputees or with severe burns.

The privately funded Center for the Intrepid includes a rock-climbing wall, a wave pool and a virtual-reality computer system. About 3,200 people attended a dedication ceremony, including Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), both 2008 presidential hopefuls.

Of the roughly 20,000 U.S. forces injured since the start of the Iraq war, more than 500 have lost a limb — many in roadside bombings.

AP Photo/Eric Gay

4 thoughts on “New Rehabilitation Center Opens in San Antonio

  1. virgotex says:

    Holden – our government didn’t “make an effort” here – they didn’t do shit. This is a privately funded center.
    Having seen the inside of a couple of VA hospitals, I have to say that this center is a wonderful alternative.
    But I’m with you- what a waste of life and potential. We can call them “the intrepid” but as far as the administration sees, they’re just cannon fodder for this godawful war.

  2. norbizness says:

    Overall, we are going to be billions and billions of dollars behind in caring for veterans once everyone is finally rotated back here to the States.

  3. flory says:

    The center may’ve been ‘privately funded’ — meaning some investors built it — but it gets its operating funds from the same place the VA does — your tax dollars. And every dollar going into overhead and profit for those investors is a dollar not available to the VA for their work.
    Outsourcing at work!

  4. pansypoo says:

    because we can’t let any war profiteer behind.

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