Walter Reed To Close

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 2:58pm

Army medical center that treated tens of thousands of veterans will be shuttered this week.

For generations the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington was the place where wounded soldiers began putting their lives back together.

On Wednesday the hospital will be given a ceremonial farewell.

Walter Reed opened its doors in 1909.

It offered not just treatment, but hope, to soldiers from World War I and every American conflict that followed.

In 2007 at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Walter Reed came under fire for failing soldiers and their families.

The systemic neglect uncovered was so shocking it demanded immediate action by President Bush and Congress.

While leadership and policy changed, the hospital was left without the budget or ability to move beyond its own past.

A 2005 commission recommended that the facility be shut down.

It will close its doors for good in September.

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