Shades of Green, a retreat for military personnel — of all ranks — their families and guests, sits within the expansive Disney World site outside Orlando, Fla. Officially called an Armed Forces Recreation Center, it is one of five retreats around the world that let servicemen and -women reconnect with their families in the precious time they have together.
Over a recent weekend at the resort, several guests had just returned from the deserts of Iraq or the mountains outside Kabul.
“This is a great way to repay them,” said Capt. Daniel T. Celotto, a marine communications officer back from his second Iraqi tour, referring to his wife and two sons. “What they go through is far more than anything I put up with,” he added, shooing his youngest away from the big Mickey-shaped pool and back into the wading one. “I signed up for this, they didn’t.”...
The article is a basic primer to the Shades of Green resort. I didn't know it was run by the army. The article says that the army took out a 99-year lease on the property.
Its kind of sad that one of the solders they interviewed said that the Magic Kingdom's fireworks sounded like combat and made him unsettled.