Regiment created to cut bureaucracy
By Paul M. Krawzak
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
Camp Pendleton's Wounded Warrior Center
will be expanded, with more staffing and new barracks, as part
of the creation of a national regiment to improve services for
injured and ill Marines, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
The new Wounded Warrior regiment, based at Quantico, Va.,
will oversee such services at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune,
The Wounded Warrior program began in 2005 to help injured
Marines and associated sailors and their families find proper
medical care, fill out insurance forms and secure other
Several Marine commands have been involved in running the
program, and “all of them are not necessarily aware of how the
system works,” said Col. Gregory A.D. Boyle, commander of the
Boyle said putting the program under a single command will
“One of our goals is to help Marines cut through the
bureaucracy,” Boyle said during a news conference in
The regiment was officially established Sunday. Boyle said
it would start operating in May and would be fully operational
by summer's end.
Fourteen Marines currently live in the Wounded Warrior
barracks at Camp Pendleton, and 36 are in the barracks at Camp
Lejeune, said Marine spokeswoman 1st Lt. Blanca Binstock.
Other Marines at Camp Pendleton also benefit from the
program but do not live in the barracks, Pentagon officials
The base's center has 10 workers. While staff members will
be added, Boyle said, the number hasn't been determined.
Pentagon officials said they are seeking $53 million from
Congress to build more barracks at Camp Pendleton and Camp
Lejeune, as well as construct a regimental headquarters at