Posted on Apr 20, 2015
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The Army announced a plan Friday to close 10 of its 25 Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) that treat wounded, injured and ill soldiers with the goal of returning them to duty or easing their return to civilian life.

The service said the consolidation was made possible by the declining population of wounded, ill and injured troops after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Col. Chris Toner, commander of the Army Warrior Transition Command, said the automatic defense cuts under the sequestration process were not a factor in closing the WTUs.

Projected spending for the WTUs in 2015 was $791.5 million. Toner said the Army’s estimated the projected savings from the closures at about $350 million. [Personal comment: While this is a lot of money the executive branch endorse a $535M loan for Solyndra. With the proposed tax credits the Washington Examiners forecast the total cost of over $800M. $350M was given by way of tax credits - All losses were paid by the U.S.A. tax payers]

Why does it seem to me our politicians ignore the low hanging fruit and goto the military to save money?

Our politicians seem to take pride, and enjoyment in wasting the taxpayer money. Am I over analyzing what I see or am I just dead wrong?

Despite the closures, the Army viewed wounded warrior treatment as an “enduring mission,” Toner said. “We are not walking away from warrior care.”

The 10 closures will affect a total of about 800 soldiers and 300 civilian workers. The Army will attempt to re-assign the workers while moving the 800 soldiers to other nearby units or possibly into community care
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I wonder what the alternative to WTUs will be. Some units do not treat their injured troops well, and treat them like problem children.
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SFC Mark Merino
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Thank God the dramatic numbers has greatly reduced. It was standing room only in 2008. I hope Landstuhl personnel get a Presidential Unit Award for everything they were able to accomplish during OEF/OIF/OND. That entire hospital was like a hornet's nest of activity both times I went through there. Even the patients that were ambulatory were helping out.
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I hope hope commanders and 1SGs have compassion and understanding.
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