Ground-breaking ceremony for a new facility was held on the territory of Maro Makashvili Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani.
An unprecedented, multifaceted, state of the art rehabilitation facility which will fully meet the needs of our Wounded Soldiers and their Families will be build with significant U.S. contribution through Foreign Military Financing.
Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria and the U.S. Chargé d'affaires H.E. Elizabeth Rood symbolically put the time capsule in the ground of the building. In his speech Levan Izoria talked about the importance of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, care of the wounded warriors and thanked the U.S. side for their assistance.
The U.S. Chargé d'affaires H.E. Elizabeth Rood and representative of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Colonel John Baker addressed the military personnel and invited guests at the ceremony. They underlined the professionalism and devotion of the Georgian military personnel and expressed appreciation for the wounded warriors.
This new facility will be the only U.S. designed rehabilitation center in Georgia equipped with therapeutic pool, a volleyball court for sitting volleyball wheelchair basketball and other adaptive sports activities which will allow our Soldiers to come to a place to strengthen not only their spirits, but their physical fitness in preparation for sport competitions. Most importantly, this center will serve as a gravity of services for our Wounded Warrior Soldiers and their Families.
The rehabilitation facility was designed with the support of the U.S. Corps of Engineers and Office for Defence Cooperation (ODC) and it will be built by the Construction Company Ltd. LCONS, US Foreign Military Financing – FMF with the lead of the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
After the official ceremony, Defence Minister Levan Izoria granted new electric wheelchairs to six wounded military personnel. The wheelchairs were purchased by the Wounded Warriors Support Foundation with the funds raised in the framework of the project “Painters for Peace”.
The Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Major-General Vladimer Chachibaia, Defence Minister and Deputy Chiefs of General Staff, US Embassy, ODC, foreign advisers and wounded military personnel.