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Numbers of U.S. military wounded down; care units to close

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of seriously wounded and ill soldiers is at a six-year low, so the Army is closing down some special units set up to care for them, and reorganizing the program.

Fourteen of 38 so-called Warrior Transition Units will be phased out and a dozen community-based units will be created under the reorganization plan.

The units were set up in 2007 after the scandal over substandard conditions at what was then Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, including shoddy housing conditions and bureaucratic delays for troops who were outpatients.

Their aim is to give the most severely wounded, ill and injured troops comprehensive medical and mental health care as well as counseling on legal, financial and other issues their families need help with.

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