Assistant Commandant visits Wounded Warriors

30 Jun 2006 | Cpl. Ruben D. Maestre

General Robert Magnus, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, visited wounded Marines at the Wounded Warrior barracks June 30.

Magnus spoke with those recuperating from war injuries, hearing their specific needs and stories of how they were injured. He also openly praised their resilience and determination from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to their process of recovery here.

“Marines from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, all highly decorated Marines I’ve spoken to, are in awe of you all,” said Magnus. “Thanks for everything you guys do.”

The Wounded Warrior barracks, or injured support barracks, stood up last summer to meet the needs of Marines and sailors who received injuries while serving during the Global War on Terrorism. A former officers’ quarters, the barracks was renovated to provide for the needs of recovering wounded warriors transitioning back to their units or eventually returning to civilian life.

Those present for the occasion were glad to see a four-star general in their mist.

“I think it’s pretty cool that the general would take time out of his day to see us,” said Lance Cpl. Justin A. Reynolds, 23, an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, of the visit.

Accompanying the assistant commandant during his visit was Lt. Gen. James F. Amos, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, and the barracks support staff, also comprised of Marines injured during deployment.

After touring the barracks, Magnus and the wounded warriors enjoyed a picnic lunch sponsored by the United Services Organization of Jacksonville.

“It’s pretty important that he cares about his Marines and it’s awesome that he does that,” said Cpl. Jeremy D. Fountain, 23, of Homedale, Idaho, and an infantryman who was with Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, in Iraq. “We thank him for coming out.”