San Antonio Rehab Center Opens in Star-Studded Fashion

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SAN ANTONIO -- Top brass and celebrities Monday paid tribute to injured US troops and helped open a $50 million rehab center in San Antonio.

The 60,000 square foot Center for the Intrepid was built with private donations. It was financed by the private, nonprofit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and includes a rock-climbing wall, wave pool and a 360 degree virtual reality sphere. They'll help amputees and other severely wounded soldiers recover their balance and other basic skills.

The center is designed to serve the growing number of soldiers who return from war as amputees or with severe burns.

The Fort Sam Houston event drew a crowd of about 3,200, including singer John Mellencamp and celebrities Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Two senators and presidential hopefuls -- New York Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Arizona Republican John McCain -- also were on hand. Both are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Clinton said that whatever political disagreements divide the nation, Americans are united in support of the country's veterans.

McCain, who's a former POW, told military personnel that the war has divided the American people, but it has divided no one in their admiration of the troops.