8/25/2005

Walter Reed to Close

Bad idea, particularly in a time of war! You just don't pull medical doctors out of thin air. The new centers will take years to get into the rythim Walter Reed was. And underused?!?!?. No way! -- law

As part of its plan to eliminate about 180 military installations nationwide with the goal of saving nearly $49 billion over 20 years, the Pentagon recommended closing Walter Reed because it is old and underused.

Commission Votes to Close Walter Reed Army Medical Center

The Pentagon's Proposal Would Expand Bethesda's National Naval Medical Center

A federal panel voted unanimously Thursday to close the District's Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the flagship of military medicine that has treated U.S. presidents, foreign leaders, veterans and wounded soldiers, as part of the Pentagon's plan to restructure hundreds of military bases and facilities across the country.

The federal base-closing commission voted to move most of Walter Reed's services to the Bethesda military hospital and to a new hospital in Fort Belvoir in southeastern Fairfax County.

For almost a century, wounded combatants have arrived at Walter Reed after returning from war. Recently, it has housed more than a thousand injured troops coming from the front lines in Iraq.

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gen. Douglas MacArthur spent their final days on the 113-acre Walter Reed campus of rose-brick buildings bounded by Rock Creek Park and Georgia Avenue.

As part of its plan to eliminate about 180 military installations nationwide with the goal of saving nearly $49 billion over 20 years, the Pentagon recommended closing Walter Reed because it is old and underused.

Commission Votes to Close Walter Reed Army Medical Center

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