VA hospital could be pressed into war service
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, which usually treats veterans, could be placed on active duty to treat casualties from the war in Iraq.
The 150-bed hospital is one of 65 Veterans Administration hospitals that can team up with about 2,000 community hospitals if needed to assist the Department of Defense hospital system.
The system, called the National Disaster Medical System, was established in the mid-1980s. It has never been activated.
The hospital has held drills and training and stockpiled drugs since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, said Dr. Kristi L. Koenig, director of the Emergency Management Strategic Healthcare Group.
IU administrators give guidance on war discussions
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana University administrators have given professors and instructors a statement on how to address U.S. military action against Iraq during classroom discussions.
The statement, sent by e-mail to instructors as classes resumed on the Bloomington campus Monday after spring break, affirmed the right of students and teachers to express their views. It also reminded faculty members of the importance of respecting opposing views and their responsibility to maintain a classroom climate of openness and civility.
Returning students also received an e-mail message from the university administration about a new emergency preparedness Web site that includes updates on emergency alerts for IU campuses and links to federal, state and local emergency sites.
Some students said they expected the war would be a frequent discussion topic in the coming days.