Today the USO announces it will dedicate the new USO Warrior and Family Center at the National Military Medical Center at Bethesda in honor of Prescott S. Bush. Mr. Bush, the father of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and grandfather of former President George W. Bush, will be recognized for his vision, leadership and extraordinary USO fundraising efforts from 1942-1946. The new USO Warrior and Family Center will open at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, in spring 2014. This 16,000-square-foot center will focus on the unique needs of wounded, ill and injured troops and families receiving care at the medical center.
“Our entire family is deeply touched that the USO is remembering and honoring my father’s service in this meaningful way. Dad was totally devoted to supporting the USO and its noble mission of lifting up our servicemen and women who defend our freedom, and he would be inspired not only to see how that morally important charge has been carried out to this day – but also to see the energy and thought being so diligently invested in the USO’s future. Service was my father’s creed, you might say, and our family is very grateful to know his name will forever be associated with an organization dedicated to ‘duty, honor, country.’” – former President George H.W. Bush