Pentagon FCU Foundation Builds New Wing at Hospital

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WASHINGTON - Army officers joined medical personnel and family members of stricken soldiers last week to dedicate a new Oncology Palliative Care suite at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which was built by the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation.

The center will provide short-term housing for families of soldiers being treated for cancer at the U.S. military's preeminent medical facility.

Despite plans to close the medical facility and merge it into nearby Bethesda Naval Hospital in the next five years, officials with the credit union foundation and Walter Reed acted to build the new hospital wing now.

"We wouldn't want to sit around and do nothing just because the hospital is going to move," said Rocky Mitchell, president of the credit union foundation, which provided $400,000 for the hospice unit. The funding was raised by individual and corporate donations, as well as the Foundation's annual "Night of Heroes" gala and "Military Heroes" golf tournament.

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