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Senators vow action in Walter Reed scandal

March 5, 2007

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— They want more than a bandage.

Lawmakers promised a quick response and sought an independent commission as they expressed outrage Sunday over the poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I'm worried about if it's this bad at the outpatient facilities at Walter Reed, how is it in the rest of the country? Because Walter Reed is our crown jewel," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

In a letter Sunday to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday, Schumer asked for an independent commission, possibly headed by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, to investigate all post-combat medical facilities and recommend changes.

"To think that men and women are serving their country in the most honorable and courageous way possible and all we give them is a dilapidated, rat-infested, run-down building to recover is a disgrace," Schumer wrote.

Comments

Crossfire 7 years, 10 months ago

Trust your Government/Army? If the incompetent liars running Walter Reed are fired/resigned, they will just be replaced with more competent liars. Remember, "Good job Brownie..."

pelliott 7 years, 9 months ago

I have been reading in the paper for four years now how the senate and the house have been decreasing veteran support, that Veteran benifits and support have been consistantly eroded, that VA hospitals have become nightmares. They have decreased soldiers home support systems while riding in suvs with "support the troops stickers". So they are going to look into it, form a committee, someone should send them mirrors.

mom_of_three 7 years, 9 months ago

Walter Reed has been in this state for several years. I had a cousin in the Air Force who had back surgery there several years ago. He lost spinal fluid, received an infection, and almost died. He then had to have iv antibiotics for over 3 months. My aunt went to visit him when he was readmitted and the infection was discovered and she said his room was filthy.
I can't imagine being injured in the war and having those conditions to come home to.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

6 years of Bush making financial decisions for the country is absurd. The only thing this man thinks about is oil control in Iraq which is taking place and will continue to cost taxpayers billions. Bush does NOT give a damn about our soldiers or any other common everyday person rich or poor.

I feel sorry for the Iraq population who must endure the Bush war machine. I feel for the veterans who will have to beg,borow and steal for every disability dollar they can get. The ones exposed to depleted uranium dust will go through hell trying to get treated just like Nam vets and Agent Orange. Simply outrageous and too many citizens sit back and do nothing except wave flags and stick magnets on their cars. The white house and politicians on all sides of the aisle need to be told in no uncertain terms to take care of the veterans they send off to hazardous duty. Hey taxpayers war is NOT free.

Disability and medical care as a result of this Bush war is going to cost a bundle which Cheney,Bush and Rummy would love to hide and lie about it.

The Bush blue ribbon investigation will accomplish nothing on the long term. Halliburton is now staffing VA hospitals even though their expertise is in oil wells ...hmmmmmm. Probaly a no bid contract. Last edited on Mon Mar 5th, 2007 03:31 pm by merrill

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Bush budget cuts veterans health care in 2009 February 13, 2007

¢ Bush budget assumes cuts in veterans' health care in 2009, 2010 ¢ VA medical care costs have risen yearly for 20 years ¢ Number of veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan expected to increase 26 percent

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/02/13/vets.budget.ap/index.html

Quality of care for disbled veterans should not depend on which party is holding the reins. VA care as it stands is victim to politics which simply is not fair. Treatment for Agent Orange and Depleted Uranium Weapons exposure should not be determined by the VA secretary under any administration. Care should be rendered immediately instead of Vets finding it necessary to battle for a determination from any current administration.

Veterans should receive the exact same care provided to those who send them off to battle and paid for by the taxpayers. Issue every diasabled veteran a medicare/medicaid/dental card that covers the entire familiy. Treat these veterans with respect as they did not ask to be sent into a dangerous battle zone. Never alter the funding mechanism as all who carry this medicare card somehow paid for this care.

Suggestions: Convert all VA Medical Facilities to VA/Medicare facilities to accept all medicare patients. would reduce pharmaceutical expenditures keep facilities staffed as a normal hospital/walk in medical care facility appointments of course would be best do not allow any staff member to work more than 10 hours re-open all shut down VA medical centers and make wise use of existing resources. could reduce the risks of medicare fraud which is huge. DisabledVeterans and senior citizens should never be denied excellent medical/dental care for which they have somehow paid for. They SHOULD NOT become puppets for political campaigns.

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