Walter Reed Story Already Told Two Years Ago
The jokers at the Pentagon are having fits over the pair of bombshell stories in the Washington Post over the mistreatment and neglect of injured outpatient military personnel at the Walter Reed Hospital complex. Sorry boys, but you really fucked the dog on this, especially since this story was reported two years ago by Salon:
They shouldn't have been so surprised. In early 2005, Salon brought to the attention of Walter Reed officials disturbing information based on interviews, medical records and other Army documents which showed that soldiers receiving outpatient treatment for mental wounds were suffering from a shocking pattern of neglect. At that time, Walter Reed officials refused to discuss Salon's findings. Instead, they issued a statement saying it just wasn't so: "We are satisfied that there is a very high level of patient satisfaction with their treatment," the statement read.
In early 2006, Salon alerted Army and Walter Reed officials of a very similar set of concerns: some soldiers with traumatic brain injuries were not being screened, identified or treated. They were falling through the cracks. The Army and the hospital declined to talk with Salon about those issues, this time citing privacy concerns of patients. "I cannot arrange an interview," Lt. Col. Kevin V. Arata, an Army public affairs officer, wrote in an e-mail. In a separate written statement to Salon, Walter Reed said they had a good program to take care of brain injuries.
I guess when the Eye-Rackee shitmire has gone to shit, it's easier to expose how goddamn incompetent our millitary leaders are.