Wounded Warriors Move Into New Barracks at Bethesda


Story Number: NNS110820-08Release Date: 8/20/2011 2:37:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexandra Snyder, National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- Wounded warriors began moving into new specialized barracks on board Naval Support Activity, Bethesda (NSAB) Aug. 20 following the official opening of the Tranquility Hall barracks.

The barracks will service outpatient military members from both the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center (NNMC).

The new 306-bed facility features 153 two-bedroom, two-bath suites equipped with common kitchens and seating areas, washer and dryer units, flat screen televisions and computers with printers.

Tranquility Hall is one of several barracks outpatient wounded warriors will live in while continuing to heal aboard NSAB.

"These suites are mini-apartments, specifically tailored to the needs of wounded service members," said Marlin Ruhl, NSAB's director of Fleet and Family Readiness. "They feature walk-in closets and wheelchair accessible showers in each bedroom and bath."

Tranquility Hall provides a home-like environment for patients and because of the additional bedroom, multiple caregivers, such as parents and spouses, are now able to stay and assist their loved ones as well.

"Being able to be in the same room as my mother and fiance every day is such a blessing," said Marine Sgt. Liam Dwyer, who moved into the barracks Thursday. Dwyer, who was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan May 22, said that his recovery would have been impossible without the help of those two.

"The fact that my mother is here is the biggest help in the world to me," he said. "Just the simple things that people take for granted, like bending down to pick up things or get dressed, I can't do those things and my mother helps me. My fiance is the one who pushes me to do things for myself and having them here in the same room with me is going to help me exponentially in my recovery. These barracks are a blessing."

"It's awesome being here in these barracks with Liam," added Laurie Parmbentier, Dwyer's mother. "Getting Liam out of the hospital and in an environment where he can be more independent is also doing amazing things for him emotionally. There were times I spent the night in the hospital room with him, so I am looking forward to being able to sleep in the comfort of my own bed and still be able to be there to assist him."

In its quest to meet all the potential needs of its residents, Tranquility Hall also boasts the Warrior Cafe, run by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) on the building's first floor. The 206-seat restaurant allows residents and staff at NSAB to purchase healthy lunch, dinner and snack options seven days a week.

Also located on the first floor is Tranquility's new patient childcare facility, Austin's Playroom, which offers respite care for children ages six weeks to 12 years, for up to 25 hours a week.

With space for 27 children, Austin's Playroom will give priority to the children of wounded warriors, but will also accept other children by appointment. The facility is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parents must attend a 10-minute orientation and bring in their child's shot record prior to using the facility.

Above all, said Ruhl, every aspect of Tranquility Hall was designed to relieve the worries of wounded warriors and their families.

"This building allows families to live together and heal together," he said. "It's in very close proximity to our top notch medical facility and offers all injured service members the peace of mind of knowing they're in capable hands 24/7."

STORY COMMENTS2 COMMENTS
8/21/2011 7:06:00 PM
I am so proud to see all that they are providing for our woundede Military people, they deserve the very best that they can get. I am the wife of a Retired USN AO1 and I know that he would be happy to know that all our guys are getting great care I lost him in May of 2009.

8/20/2011 3:06:00 PM
bless all of you and your families, for all the sacrifices you have made, i hope that you have access to all that you need to get well.

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Marine Cpl. Tyler Scuther watches his wife look through the welcome package in his room at the Tranquility Hall barracks at Naval Support Activity Bethesda.
110820-N-MM501-171 BETHESDA, Md. (Aug. 20, 2011) Marine Cpl. Tyler Southern watches his wife look through the welcome package in his room at the Tranquility Hall barracks at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. The Tranquility Hall barracks officially opened Aug. 20, serving injured outpatient military members from both the National Naval Medical Center and former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shannon Burns/Released)
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