Army opens $8 million wounded warrior unit

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Fort Carson’s new Soldier Family Assistance Center.

Now open: Fort Carson’s new Soldier Family Assistance Center.

Fort Carson celebrated the opening of an $8-million, 13,000-square-foot, single-story Warriors in Transition facility yesterday.

It is the first of its kind in the nation.

Designed as a place for injured soldiers to heal and transition back into civilian life, its very design represents the Army’s new approach to dealing with injured military members.

The new building’s finishes, interior and gathering and counseling areas were created by Tom Kapels, a Colorado Army National Guard reservist and Iraqi Freedom veteran.

Now a civilian architect with the DLR Group, he was assigned to serve as a project leader.

More than a dozen such facilities are planned for military installations throughout the country.

Fort Carson’s program alone will provide treatment for nearly 500 soldiers this year, many of whom are recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other war wounds.

“The Army realizes that the families sacrifice right along with their soldiers and wanted all to feel welcome,” Kapels said.

Read more about this in today’s print edition of the Colorado Springs Business Journal.