Walter Reed Hospital to Close

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center is seen in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2001. Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the military's flagship hospital where privates to presidents have gone for care for more than a century, is closing its doors.(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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    After more than a century serving wounded U.S. troops, Walter Reed Army Medical Center is closing its doors. To save money, the historic hospital will merge its operations with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and a hospital at Fort Belvoir, VA. A scandal in 2007 over the quality of living conditions for injured troops began the process of leading to the shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of wounded troops from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated at Walter Reed. President Dwight Eisenhower and Gen. Douglas MacArthur both died there.

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