An installation of the U.S. Army in South Central Pennsylvania has a special perk available for people who bear a military identification card, according to a published report.
Starting next Monday, military retirees and members of their families, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and civilians who serve the U.S. Department of Defense are eligible to use the Army Wellness Center. The facility is located within the Army post's primary entrance in the borough of Carlisle.
The effort seeks to encourage people to embark on physically fit lifestyles as a method of staving off disease. It also aims to slash expenses out of consideration for the government and corporations.
This is what many segments of the government have been practicing for several years, Colonel Stephanie Wilcher told the news source.
Wilcher, the director of the Dunham Army Health Clinic at Carlisle Barracks, said disease prevention is a key goal of the effort.
Rather than allowing use of the center only to active army soldiers and family members whose residences are on the post, the U.S. Army is striving to be more inclusive.
Midstate Pennsylvania is host to many people who have the military identification badge, not only those who are actively serving.
Spokeswoman Carol Kerr with the barracks and the U.S. Army War College said as many as 51,000 military retirees reside in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that breaks down to many thousands in the south central region. They already rely on the military facility's commissary for food.
"It's definitely an investment in the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks," the spokeswoman said regarding the health center. "I think our future looks bright."
Another sign of the facility advocating for people's health is the annual flu shots it is presently offering, according to a press release.