LANDSTUHL, Germany — Wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center will have even more amenities available during their treatment and recovery once a new USO center, currently in the planning stages, is constructed.

“The tentative plan right now is to build something between the two (outpatient barracks) buildings for additional TV, additional game rooms,” said Army Col. Brian Lein, Landstuhl commander. “Entertainers could come in and entertain the troops, and it will provide more ability for (the troops) to rest and relax.”

The USO center dubbed the Warrior Inn is well on its way to becoming a reality thanks to a $500,000 funding commitment from TriWest Healthcare Alliance made by David McIntyre, its president and chief executive officer. “There are a lot of folks sacrificing for all of us, putting their lives on the line for our freedoms, and this is a chance to be of assistance,” McIntyre said.

The 50-foot-by-50-foot center will provide troops a sense of home, said Walter Murren, vice president of USO operations in Europe.

“We’re bringing a touch of home as far forward as we can, especially for those wounded in the defense of our nation,” he said.

It’s unclear when the center will be completed, but officials aim to open it as fast as possible, Murren said.

The Warrior Inn would have a wireless Internet cafe, phone banks, a full kitchen and more, Murren said. “Wounded warriors aren’t going to want to go back downrange,” he said.

Last week, Landstuhl began housing war-wounded outpatients at two newly-refurbished Medical Transient Detachment barracks just steps from the hospital. Previously, outpatients getting care at Landstuhl stayed at barracks on Kleber Kaserne, which required a lengthy bus ride to reach the hospital.

On behalf of TriWest, McIntyre on Thursday presented the USO with a check for $1.2 million to support its worldwide operations.

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