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Complex for wounded soldiers to open Monday

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FORT DRUM — The completion of the new Soldier and Family Assistance Center draws to a close a four-year, $52 million project to establish a complex for the 3rd Battalion, 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, better known as the Warrior Transition Unit.

The completion of the project will be marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

The new center will provide space for counseling programs and assistance for soldiers with questions about education, finance, human resources, military and veteran benefits, social services and Army Wounded Warrior programs. The project was finished in March, along with the battalion’s headquarters, which is at a separate location on post.

Work at the complex began in 2008 with the construction of a 144-person barracks and two-company administration facilities, which was finished in 2010. The second phase of the complex, a 48-person expansion of the barracks, was completed in July.

The battalion helps prepare soldiers to return to their units or move out of the Army.

The unit has 98 soldiers, including 78 active duty, 13 reserve and seven National Guard. Those soldiers are paired with 54 civilian personnel.

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