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Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Representatives Norm Dicks (WA-06) and Adam Smith (WA-09) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urging him to include funding for the construction of a Women and Children's Center (WACC) at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Fiscal Year 2012 Program Objective Memorandum.

"By 2013 MAMC will serve the third largest troop population in the country. With a growing number of women and children on base it is important to provide an expanded facility that meets their unique needs. In addition, establishing a women and children's care facility will fulfill the Army's commitment to families and address the health care needs outlined in the Army Family Covenant. This project recognizes that the health and well being of our service members is directly connected to the health of their families," wrote members of Congress.

Senator Murray worked to included $2 million for the planning and design of the WACC in the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The full text of the letter appears below:

The Honorable Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense
U.S. Department of Defense
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Dear Secretary Gates:

We write with regard to the Women and Children's Center (WACC) to be developed at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. As you know, Congress provided $2 million for the planning and design of the WACC within the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 111-117).

The WACC will expand access to quality health care for the female service members and families who are stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families in the greater Washington State area. It will serve service members and their families throughout the deployment cycle.

By 2013 MAMC will serve the third largest troop population in the country. With a growing number of women and children on base it is important to provide an expanded facility that meets their unique needs. In addition, establishing a women and children's care facility will fulfill the Army's commitment to families and address the health care needs outlined in the Army Family Covenant. This project recognizes that the health and well being of our service members is directly connected to the health of their families.

Therefore, as you consider priorities for the Fiscal Year 2012 Program Objective Memorandum, we strongly encourage the inclusion of construction funding for this important facility.


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