The WFSC provides coordinated services to patients, next-of-kin and extended Family members with a primary focus on OIF and OEF Warriors. It provides a friendly, comfortable environment in which to take a break, watch a movie on big-screen TV's, play video games, check email or use the Internet, select a book or magazine to read, make a phone call or just grab a cup of coffee.Wounded Warriors and their Family members visit the WFSC to maintain contact with other military members or extended Family members, to receive emotional support and answers to their questions, and to extend their rehabilitation away from the hospital. The rehabilitation involves learning to cope with war related disabilities as individuals, as couples and as Families. As the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) continues, seriously injured Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are evacuated from the theater of operations to major medical facilities located on military installations. Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) is one of the best trauma centers and many of these Wounded Warriors receive their medical care there. Due to the seriousness of their injuries, these Wounded Warriors remain at BAMC for an extended period of time which, in many cases, can exceed 12 months.
BAMC physicians noticed a need for Family members to be intimately involved in the rehabilitation of their sons, daughters, or spouses (Wounded Warriors), and that a vital part of their recovery meant a need to have a “safe” environment away from the hospital. At the physician’s initiative, a committee was established to support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) troops on their road to recovery. The concept of the WFSC was developed by this committee, led by Army Community Services (ACS), and authorized by the Garrison Commander.