The Army insists that since there are only 29 Soldiers, down from a high of 140, using the Warrior Transition Unit at South Carolina’s Fort Jackson, it is now more cost-efficient to close the wing.
A spokesperson for the hospital said none of the current Soldiers should have to leave post at this time but there were no clear guidelines and no clear plans in place for those Soldiers when the announcement was made.
The closest Warrior Transition Unit will now be at Fort Bragg, N.C., nearly a three-hour drive away.
Col. Mark Higdon released this statement that was published by Army Times yesterday:
“Soldiers and their families will remain at the center of our focus and will continue to receive quality care and transition assistance.”
Established in 2007, following scandalous care allegations at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Warrior Transition Units were designed to give more localized care to Soldiers who needed at least six months of long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
Fort Jackson’s WTU is not alone on the chopping block; Fort Irwin, Calif.,Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.; and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. are all slated to close their doors.
As the draw down of the war continues, more units will be deactivated.
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