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Herrera Beutler calls for military medical care


Last Tuesday, U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler introduced a bill to help ensure U.S. armed service members’ medical needs are met by allowing Reserve Medical Officers to continue serving past retirement age if the military has a need for more surgeons, medical specialists and doctors.

Currently, Reserve Medical Officers are required by law to retire from service at age 68. Herrera Beutler’s bill, the Reserve Medical Officer Parity Act, gives military department secretaries authority to extend a Reserve officer’s service, offering the same extension afforded officers in the regular commissioned military.

Dr. Mike Kelly, a surgeon from Vancouver who served in the Reserves,...

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