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Army closing Utah center for wounded soldiers

Published January 9, 2014 4:00 pm

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The Army is closing an office at Camp Williams that helps wounded soldiers transition back to civilian life.

Thirteen similar offices are closing across the country. But the Army is opening or enhancing 13 transition facilities on army posts, including one at Fort Riley, Kan., that will provide services for wounded Utah soldiers, said Robert Moore, a spokesman for Army's Warrior Transition Command. Many Utah soldiers already stop at Fort Riley on their return from war zones, Moore said.

The Army is making the changes as it prepares for fewer troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army is not trying to save money, Moore said, but rather seeks "efficiencies in terms of performing more robust services."

The transition center at Fort Riley will be able to offer more services, Moore said, and personnel there will make periodic trips to Utah for what are called "musters," where soldiers and former soldiers meet to discuss their adjustments what services they need.

The Utah transition center served 249 soldiers or former soldiers in January 2013, but that number declined to 187 by July, according to the Army.

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