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Shame of the Bush Admin — deplorable conditions in Army hospital

Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility. He sends them to fight in his military misadventures without enough armor, wears the best and the brightest down with stop-loss orders, and now, in the WaPo, we learn how Dear Leader takes care of his war-injured men and women. When you read this mind-boggling piece by Dana Priest and Anne Hull about Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one can only imagine what kind of hailstorm of criticism would hit if a Dem sat in the Oval Office.

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

…Not all of the quarters are as bleak as Duncan’s, but the despair of Building 18 symbolizes a larger problem in Walter Reed’s treatment of the wounded, according to dozens of soldiers, family members, veterans aid groups, and current and former Walter Reed staff members interviewed by two Washington Post reporters, who spent more than four months visiting the outpatient world without the knowledge or permission of Walter Reed officials. Many agreed to be quoted by name; others said they feared Army retribution if they complained publicly.

…Disengaged clerks, unqualified platoon sergeants and overworked case managers fumble with simple needs: feeding soldiers’ families who are close to poverty, replacing a uniform ripped off by medics in the desert sand or helping a brain-damaged soldier remember his next appointment.

This sounds like something out of a horror movie, yet this is the reality for our wounded soldiers right here at home. How and why, with the billions being spent on this military conflict, can this be allowed to happen? After this last GOP do-nothing Congress, it’s time for the Dems in control to make this right.

Pastor Dan at Street Prophets said he nearly wept while reading this article. I know what you mean, friend.

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