Wounded Soldiers Get Help From Alabama Native


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- An Army physician from Alabama says helping establish a unit to improve treatment for wounded soldiers was the most challenging and rewarding experience of his military career.

That unit is known as the Warrior Transition Brigade and has been operating for more than a year. It was established after reports of bad living conditions and bureaucratic snarls experienced by soldiers who were outpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Lt. Col. Michael Bell is a 43-year-old Tuscaloosa native and the father of three children.

He was assigned to the task of improving Walter Reed's outpatient services.

Bell says he wanted to get involved after seeing stories of soldiers receiving inadequate outpatient treatment at Walter Reed.

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