Doug Craig, left, eats lunch with his son, Maj. Jon Craig, at the Warrior Cafe at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

The closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the consolidation of military medical installations in the region has been about more than traffic patterns and parking issues. It’s been about people — and the transfer of hundreds of wounded warriors.

Over at the Federal Eye, one of those troops, Marine Cpl. Tyler Southern, along with his company commander, Capt. Aloysius Boyle, has written a thoughtful essay about the culmination of the decision to close Walter Read and expand the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

That decision has not been without controversy. But for Southern, who lost both legs above the knee and one arm above the elbow in an IED attack in Afghanistan, the opening of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is “akin to reuniting family.”

Our colleague Steve Vogel, who has been covering the consolidation, says patients’ early reviews of the new facility have been positive.

Check out Southern’s essay here.