Sen. Boxer tours Naval Medical Center in advance of expansion
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Senator Boxer helped steer about $7 million from the national defense budget to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The money builds what Boxer calls the West Coast Walter Reed. Twenty-five percent of all U.S. military casualties are people based on the West Coast, but she says most of those people now have to be treated far from home -- sometimes for a year or more.
Senator Boxer: "We do have wounded service members spending this very long period of time at Walter Reed or in Maryland or in Texas, when a lot of them have their roots here."
When the center is finished next year, it will be able to house about 200 people. A quarter of those are expected to be amputees. For KPBS, I'm Andrew Phelps.
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