The Fort Knox Warriors in Transition Association has received a $150,000 donation that will help provide free lodging for families visiting their wounded warriors at Fort Knox.
Warriors in Transition Association Montana members donated the money after meeting members of the local group and hearing about their plans to transform the St. George House at Fort Knox into a guesthouse for family members of Warrior Transition Battalion soldiers.
“When you’re out there doing good things, people see it,” FKWTA president Dr. Peter Trzop said of the Montana interest.
The association, in partnership with the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s One Knox Policy Council, worked with Fort Knox officials to determine the location of the future guesthouse and soon will begin developing renovation plans.
“The home is going to be perfect for housing at least two families, but it does need modernization,” said Randy Acton, chairman of the One Knox Policy Council. “This $150,000 will go a long way in that.”
Organizers are working with other groups and individuals to meet needs from donated carpentry and plumbing to home furnishings.
“As many of the soldiers in our Warrior Transition Battalion belong to the Army Reserve or National Guard, their family members often have to travel long distances to visit,” said WTB Soldier and Family Assistance Center Director Isadora Ewing. “It will be very helpful to have a place these families can stay if they don’t have the means to pay for lodging in the surrounding areas.”
The expense of temporary lodging can keep families from separated from their healing soldier, Trzop said. The four-bedroom St. George House will enable them to provide critical support with a little less worry.
“From VA studies, we know having families close to their soldiers results in faster healing and stronger families,” Trzop said.
For more information or to help with the project, contact Trzop at 502-510-0749 or Acton at 270-300-0099.