Cardin Wants Md. Facilities Study
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