But in less than a year, that vision is already serving wounded warriors and their families around the country.
The nonprofit organization, incorporated in July by co-founders Shannon Maxwell and Robin Kelleher, reached its most recent goal during Thursday's grand opening of the Wounded Warrior House aboard CampLejeune. The facility includes two homes and a resource center that will serve the family members of the wounded and fallen.
The newly renovated homes were donated by Atlantic Marine Corps Communities and will provide transitional housing for wounded Marines and their families.
"This provides the same service for married families as the Wounded Warrior Barracks does for the single warriors," Maxwell said. "We saw how that worked so well in helping them heal."
Both of the Warrior Houses have ramps, roll-in showers and widened doorways. The fully decorated homes were furnished by local business and organization donations.
Often, spouses need temporary lodging after their injured Marine is released from the hospital and awaiting suitable housing. Others, including parents and the wounded, will be able to use it while visiting loved ones.
"It's all about togetherness," said Shannon's husband, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell, who...
Support group provides empathy and a guide to the recovery process
12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, May 28, 2006
By GRETEL C. KOVACH / The Dallas Morning News
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- Shannon Maxwell had great news: Daddy was coming home early from Iraq. Eric, 8, and Alexis, 11, took it well even though they knew what that meant: Their father had been wounded.
Marine Lt. Col. Timothy Maxwell was on his sixth overseas tour when he suffered severe brain damage in a mortar attack.
While the 41-year-old triathlete from Dallas was learning to talk and walk again, his wife assumed the roles of nurse, lawn mower, chauffeur and chief caregiver in charge of deciphering an onslaught of paperwork.
Wounded Warrior Spouses' Support Group reaches out to family members
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 2, 2006) -- ďTo anyone who has lost a loved one or has experienced the wounds of war I extend my deepest sympathy. Casualties of war are not only those lost, but also those left behind. For the departed, the family feels the loss most. For the wounded, it is both the Marine and those who love them who experience the void of a past life free from disabilities. But, in each case the sacrifice of the Marine was freely given, an outward sign of his or her faithful sense of duty to a cause larger than themselves, committed the day they proudly held up their hand and took their oath.Ē - Shannon Maxwell, wife of Lt.Col. Tim Maxwell, who while the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit operations officer, sustained a traumatic brain injury from mortar fire shrapnel in Kalsu, Iraq.
Toll on military spouse more subtle February 19,2006 CHRIS MAZZOLINI DAILY NEWS STAFF
Itís a fear shared by all military spouses: that their loved one has been injured in war, and life will never be the same again. Itís an ordeal that leads to a hospital, perhaps Landstuhl in Germany or Bethesda in Maryland, where doctors work to reconstruct limbs and patch up wounds.
Thereís surgery, and more surgery. Eventually, that Marine comes home.
The toll such an odyssey takes on a Marine is obvious. The one it takes on the spouse is more subtle. Their pain doesnít come from missing limbs or broken bones, but itís just as real.
Now a new program ó the Wounded Warriors Spousesí Support Group ó gives spouses of injured Marines and sailors a chance to discuss their questions and pain with each other.