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Marine One of Esquire's 'Best and Brightest'
Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell Lauded for Founding Wounded Warriors Barracks
11/23/2007 3:50 PM ET
"I'm just trying to help these guys, to do as much as I can," Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell tells Mike Sager in a profile for Esquire, which has named the 42-year-old Marine one of its "best and brightest" of 2007 for founding a wounded warriors barracks at Camp Lejeune.

Maxwell Hall at Camp Lejeune now houses approximately 115 servicemen recovering from life-altering wounds of war, acting as a kind of halfway house to assist them men in their transition to a new life living with their injuries. Some of the men aim to recover enough to eventually return to their units, though many face the disconcerting reality of an uncertain future.

Maxwell himself suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by the shrapnel of a mortar attack on his base near Iskandiriyah in 2004 and now has to manage a cornucopia of medications, seizures, and the loss of short-term memory capabilities.

Sager devotes much of the profile to the men Maxwell refers to as "my Marines," giving a good sense of what life has become for the men of Maxwell Hall. Though their circumstances may not be ideal, they face the challenges of their new physical, mental, or emotional limitations with the camaraderie of those who can understand and support their struggle.

Most wounded warriors do not have access to something like Maxwell Hall, though since it opened at Camp Lejeune, a similar barracks has been established at Camp Pendleton, and the Marine Corps has established a Wounded Warrior Regiment.

Still on active duty, Sager has been tasked to advise the Marine Corps on how to expand the service's support mechanism for its war injured. Though he may not be able to return to battle as he would otherwise wish, Maxwell still has plenty of service left to give to his fellow Marines.


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