Northern Virginia Post helps build recreation site for wounded warriors

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David Hirsch pushes the wheelbarrow to spread mulch, as part of the SAME NoVa Post volunteering efforts at the Green Road Project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

On Oct. 27, 2012, SAME Northern Virginia Post members, along with family and friends, braved hurricane forecasts to assist with the Green Road Project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

The Green Road Project is a project conceived by retired Naval neurologist, Capt. Fred Foote, M.D., to convert a wooded area into a recreation and recovery zone for wounded warriors and their family members. The site consists of woods adjoining 3/8 of a mile of stream running through the base. The project will include stream bed restoration, creation of a fully-accessible walking path, garden spaces, a climbing wall, a fishing dock, fire pit, a communal structure with restroom facilities, and a commemorative overlook. When complete, the project will connect two base residential facilities for wounded warriors: Fisher House and Sanctuary Hall.

Upon arrival, Post members were given a walking tour of the site with description of all planned improvements by Dr. Foote and by SAME Northern Virginia Post past president Capt. Jay Manik, USCG (Ret.). The group assisted in clearing debris from the site and disbursing a pair of mulch piles.

Capt. Foote, M.D., and co-coordinator, Capt. Manik, USCG (Ret)., finishes off a productive day of volunteering for the wounded warriors with a grand hats off gesture.

Post members will continue to volunteer each Saturday through November and will resume again in the spring. Those who are interested in volunteering may contact Dr. Foote at fred.foote@comcast.net or Jay Manik at manikjg@cdmsmith.com. The project will require continued volunteer efforts to maintain the site, providing an opportunity to forge significant connections. The long-term benefit to injured veterans and their families will be incalculable.

By SAME Northern Virginia Post Director-at-Large David A Hirsch, Esq, CSA&D, PLC.

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