WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Monday to tour the facility with medical staff and learn more about treatment options available for injured servicemembers and their families.
“I was deeply humbled to visit the Walter Reed Medical Center where our servicemembers receive cutting-edge treatment after their brave service to our nation. It was incredibly moving to witness the individual progress gained through innovative therapy and rehabilitation efforts that assist on the road to recovery,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I will continue to support efforts in Congress to strengthen benefits for our warheroes and their families, particularly to ensure our wounded warriors have access to the health benefits they need.”
While visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Walorski toured the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) and the Military Advanced Training Center (MATC). NICoE is the military health care institute for traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions, and focuses on a combination of comprehensive and holistic treatments to provide care for servicemembers and their families, such as art therapy and meditation. Different treatment plans are developed using a collaborative approach, including focused research, clinical care, and access to educational resources for injured servicemembers and their families.
MATC is a new facility that specializes in prosthetics, physical, and occupational therapy. MATC features three labs designed for specific rehabilitative treatments, to improve physical activity, biomechanics, mobility, and weapon operation proficiency for servicemembers. MATC is also home to a therapy pool, exercise room, prosthetic fitting room, and prosthetic adjustment lab.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda opened in 2011 and features a 245-acre refurbished center with new structures, including a new outpatient facility offering women’s health services, pediatric care, and an amputee center for new prosthetics and rehabilitation.