Cardin Wants Md. Fa­cil­i­ties Study

The Washington Post Sunday - - The Region -

U.S. Sen. Ben­jamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) is re­quest­ing that the Pen­tagon con­duct a “full and thor­ough re­port” on the sta­tus of mil­i­tary med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in Mary­land, sug­gest­ing that more fund­ing may be needed to care for wounded sol­diers re­turn­ing from Iraq and Afghanistan, his of­fice said.

Cardin sent a let­ter to De­fense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates on March 23 say­ing that wounded sol­diers stay­ing at Fort Meade must travel to Wal­ter Reed Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter in the Dis­trict for phys­i­cal ther­apy ap­point­ments that could be han­dled at the Kim­brough Am­bu­la­tory Care Cen­ter at Fort Meade “if it sim­ply had more staff.”

Cardin said that “the in­creas­ing num­bers of sol­diers mov­ing to Mary­land” be­cause of planned base clo­sures will fur­ther strain fa­cil­i­ties in the state, and he asked that the Pen­tagon re­port back in time for this year’s ap­pro­pri­a­tions process.

— Steve Vo­gel

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