Fort Bayard may host polytrauma center

Full story: Silver City Sun-News

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman, both D-NM, are co-sponsoring a bill that proposes Fort Bayard be considered as a possible site for a treatment center for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic bain injury.

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cosmic troll

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Jun 25, 2011
 

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They have been attempting to get Federal money to finance Fort Bayard a state facility. First they attempted with the new private hospital through the guise of offering veterans medical care. Our veterans deserve better treatment than being used as pawns for private and state ploys to gain federal under writing. Somewhere given the graft and corruption in Santa Fe you will find someone wanting to put a lot of money into their pockets. Yes the shortage of close veteran care needs to be addressed but without the obvious attempt of profit skimming. The government is bankrupt folks while carrying on three or four wars and military bases all over the world. If the psychos in Washington really cared about our troops they would bring them home now.
Fly on the Wall

Silver City, NM

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Jun 25, 2011
 
Need to keep our state senator double-dipping through the maintenance contract at Fort Bayard.
silvergirl

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 25, 2011
 
Fly on the Wall wrote:
Need to keep our state senator double-dipping through the maintenance contract at Fort Bayard.
You mean our state REP. Rudy Martinez, not our state senator.
Citizens Deserve Better

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Jun 25, 2011
 
Are they even admitting patients yet? Last I heard they had a freeze on admitting patients. Patients in desperate need of services were being sent 50, 100, 150 miles away, burdening families with additional expense and worst case, the loss of a loved one because Fort Bayard had instituted a no admittance policy. Here you had a brand new state of the art hospital with 240+ beds and only 100-150 patients. So if you do the math you had over 100 beds going unused from November 2010 to at least May 2011. So someone please tell the residents of Grant County the honest truth of WHY..... not enough skilled staff, State doesn't pay enough, change of governorship, maybe you need to know someone to get in, building/code non-compliance, perhaps the hospital is being prepared to sell to a private entity... maybe all of the above! Regardless, the citizens of Grant County and surrounding communities deserve better. Failing to prepare and plan for immediate and productive use of the facility is absolutely unacceptable and to boot, now you are using veterans as your political flag to get more $'s. Great idea as long as the State comes through. Some one needs to be held accountable for ensuring the funds are spent appropriately and immediately for the good of our veterans and much needed services are available to all who are in need.
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Tucson, AZ

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Jun 26, 2011
 
If they want to treat post tramatic stress disorder - they may want to consider somewhere further away from the shooting range.
Frank Donohue

Silver City, NM

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Jun 26, 2011
 
Great write-up,Christine!
Thanks,
Frank Donohue
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renegade

Holloman Air Force Base, NM

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Jun 26, 2011
 
i know that our veterans need some physical and mental help because of the hell they have been through but it is not right to use them in this way. the government has done this to the vets and the government should have to pay the cost, they need a place especially for the vets, not some stupid place that does not really care. i feel instead of wasting all of OUR MONEY on bullshit they should invest it for the people that fought for our freedoms, instead of the government taking our freedoms away from us. can you imagine how the vets must feel? i can understand the problems they have, i would have the same problems if i had fought for a country that does care for the usa that done this to them.
Cindi

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Jun 26, 2011
 
Ft. Bayard is a beautiful, quiet facility. I would be happy to receive rehab there. It has a dignified military history and grounds that have served an ailing public for a long time. It deserves the privilege of hosting military personnel again and helping them regain their footing. I would love to see it used this way--much preferable to an ignominious end, abandoned and forgotten.
Dorothy

Aztec, NM

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Jul 14, 2011
 
A PTSD Center at old Fort Bayard could be the second biggest money maker for Grant County. Veterans deserve good programs which means bringing in good people, from builders and historic rennovators, to jobs in the health industry, more students for our university, children for our schools, which means teachers. It is a domino effect which we need here. Wake up Grant County and get on the wagon, for our Vets and for our community.
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Fort Bayard may not host polytrauma center.

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