Operation Proper Exit is providing troops injured in Iraq the chance to go back for closure. More importantly, the program is providing them the chance to come home the right way…to the loving arms of friends and family, instead of to Walter Reed.
After spending much time at Walter Reed and Brooke Army medical centers, inevitably in any conversation, something reminds somebody that they want to go back. And the soldiers don’t hesitate to tell you that,” Kell said. “They are soldiers and they want to come back primarily for several reasons, but they want to come back and let the troops here on the ground know that they are still part of them, they support them, and they would very much like to be with them, although they can’t.”
It’s an emotional journey for the returning veterans, a chance to visit bases where they were stationed, and, in some cases, the sites where they were wounded. Though other programs have allowed wounded American soldiers to return to the scene of their service and sacrifice, this is the first to allow them to do so while a war is still being waged.
BZ to the folks running this program, and especially to GEN Odierno for supporting it.