Army shutting down wounded warrior transition care units

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army is shutting down a number of the specialized medical units that were set up at military bases around the country to help care for severely wounded warriors returning from battle.

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, the number of service members with complex physical, mental and emotional wounds and illnesses has dramatically declined, eliminating much of the need for the specialized care.

Ten of the 25 warrior transition units will be closed by August 2016, but officials said the reorganization is being done in a way that will allow them to restart the care if needed in the future. This is the second year in a row that units have been closed.

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