Walter Reed Military Hospital

So many war wounded badly now that Walter Reed wouldn't hold the ones with no legs, arms, etc., so an old motel was contracted for to put some of them in. It wasn't being used and was infiltrated with rats, roaches, and mold. It was minimally staffed and had few pieces of equipment, so some wounded had to make their way around numerous buildings and streets to go for treatment, walking.
Bush has visited Walter Reed several times with cameras, and apparently never asked the question: is this all of them? No one volunteered to tell him either. (I hope not, anyway).
Who writes the reports to the Chief of staff about the wounded status? Were they accurate?
Today, the Deputy, or Vice Chief of Staff of the Army said he had never been there, but wishes he had.
Some of the soldiers there said more work had been done there since this became public than had been done since it opened!
Who is bossing this war?

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Submitted by people4u on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 8:48am.

You would think we learned our lesson after the way the Vietnam vets were treated upon their return home, many continue to struggle up to this day. Our priority should be to take care of our service men and women once they return stateside. We should go out of our way to make sure the best medical care, counseling, job seeking skills are provided; no questions asked. The conditions of WR and many other Vet facilities throughout the country are deplorable to say the least.

Submitted by bladderq on Sat, 02/24/2007 - 11:54pm.

This is what you git when you let 1 guy who, "Had, something better" to do during 'Nam as VP and a Prez who had a Daddy that could git him a jet jocky job protecting TEX. Once again, let the record show....No country invaded TX while Srub was up and high.
In Britain we are called, "The Loyal Opposition." They also serve who dissent.

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Submitted by Basmati on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 3:18pm.

Lost in the furor over the inadequate treatment of amputees at Walter Reed hospital was this little gem: the janitorial function at Walter Reed was privatized during the Bush administration. 200 government workers, mainly maintenance workers and janitors were let go.

In their place, a company called IAG Worldwide Services was brought in to keep the hospital clean. This company is run by a politically connected retired Army major. Dan Quayle sits on the board of directors of this company.

By all accounts, this company did a less than adequate job, and the result was the mold and mildew and rat problems identified in the Washington Post.

I think this privatization scheme was doomed from the start. The government's first error was assuming a retired Army major was qualified to supervise janitors.... Sticking out tongue

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 9:16pm.

We hide the coffins of the dead and say it is appropriate. We ask our citizens not for coin, nor sweat, nor any form of sacrifice toward the effort. We ridicule anyone who suggests the need for a draft to fight a war as if it is a war. We say proudly that we support the troops; that we honor the troops; that we "know" that the troops want to stay until the job is done. We say "git 'er done," don't "cut and run," "cut and jog," "slow bleed." And we have the audacity to do this while the bravest human beings on this planet watch paint peel, mold grow, ceilings leak, dry wall rot; all while their representatives, democrat, independent, and republican, go to Walter Reed just long enough for a photo op, but not quite long enough to learn a day in the life of someone learning to adjust to a missing limb or limbs. We are better than this. Any incumbant will have a hard time getting any vote from me. The constant rhetoric without requisite action is nauseating!

Kevin "Hack" King

ps. The lack of conservative postings on a blog titled "Walter Reed" says it all. This is an embarassment that we will try to turn a blind eye to. Armymajretired, what say you? Will you even see this post? Is this not something that a "supporter of the troops" would read?

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 4:31pm.

The 30,000 or so wounded the Pentagon admits to isn't the whole story by a long shot.
When one of those huge bombs goes off as a vehicle passes nearly everyone in that vehicle suffers "brain compression."
Some injuries more serious than others of course. It pretty much makes those guys half of what they were before the explosion.
Time will make some improvement but never cure the problem.
Time to shut the Pentagon down, the FBI down, the CIA down, Homeland security down, and start over.

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 1:51am.

John Kerry said wrong war, wrong time. He was ridiculed. Obama said we took our eye off of the ball. Oh, he's inexperienced. Meanwhile Al Qaeda mounts its comeback while we try to herd cats in Iraq. When will we learn to prioritize putting the largest threats to our nation first? When?????

Kevin "Hack" King

Submitted by bladderq on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:18pm.

When did they sneak in? I don't think the Sadman was a big fan. Oh, I remember now, they came in when we "infidels" did.
Afganistan would all be over now if we had stayed focused and joined w/ our Allies.
Iraq was never a country but a collection of tribes living w/in the boundaries of a colonial map. We created a mess and in order to git out we will eventually pi** off our allies the Saudi (Sunni / Al Anbar) & Turkey (gawd, how they hate the Kurds, even if it is the only stable place in the collection). I guess those Swamp Arabs (Shi')down by Basara are secure, since the Brits are leaving before Prince Harry gits there.
Send in the Twins or that good lookin' nephew.

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