Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, is among 180 military installations the Pentagon has proposed shutting down in an effort to save $49 billion over 20 years. National Naval Medical Center, a 240-bed facility in Bethesda, Md., would get some staff and services from 261-bed Walter Reed and have "Walter Reed" added to the front of its name. The 96-year-old Walter Reed has long cared for presidents and members of Congress, as well as injured military men and women. It treats about 16,000 patients a year. Public hearings and a special commission on military closures will follow, with the commission due to report to President Bush by September. Bush must reject or accept the commission's recommendations in their entirety within the month. Congress then will have 45 days to do the same. -- by Tony Fong
Pentagon includes Walter Reed on proposed closure list
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