The Woman's Club of Hilton Village hosted a catered luncheon for the wounded soldiers at Fort Eustis' Warrior Transition Unit Wednesday.
The specialized on-base medical units care for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and help them move toward civilian or back to active duty. The local unit is one of 10 that are slated to close by next August.
"We know what they have given for our country," said Wanda Alvis, club president. "We just want to say thank you."
Staff Sgt. William Ruffin said events like this help boost morale, which in turn helps in the healing process.
"It helps them get away from the recovery process," Ruffin said, "and lets them socialize with other people going through the same process."
Sgt. Michael Davis used to be assigned to a similar unit as a logistician, but is now nursing a shoulder injury that prevents him from doing his job.
"I'm use to taking care of soldiers," he said at lunch. "Now, they are taking care of me."
Soldiers spend their days attending medical appointments, undergoing physical rehabilitation, meeting with behavioral health therapists, participating in adaptive sports and reconditioning programs, as well as learning job stills and completing internships.