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U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Olson enters the indoor shooting range for practice at Fort Benning, Ga.? / David Goldman, AP

With the Iraq war over and the conflict in Afghanistan winding down, the Army announced Thursday plans to reduce in size a key program put into place for managing the care of wounded troops after the 2007 Walter Reed scandal.

Amid complaints highlighted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post series that wounded soldiers were often left to languish in a bureaucratic limbo without guidance on future treatment or rehabilitation, the Army established dozens of "warrior transition" units at bases across the country.

Wounded or ill soldiers assigned to these units were provided individualized medical management and guidance, and at one time more than 12,000 were provided this assistance.

But those numbers have since decreased to about 7,000, the Army announced Wednesday. The service is moving to close down five of 29 wounded warrior units or battalions and all nine community based units that were designed to assist soldiers who were healing up in their home communities.

Those soldiers at home will still receive care, although the operations will run out of wounded warrior units on 11 installations, the Army says.

Brig. Gen. David Bishop, who commands the operation, told reporters the changes would not diminish care for wounded, ill or injured soldiers who remain in the program.



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