Bush Visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center
By Diane White
President Bush apologized Friday for inadequate conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and told facility and war veterans during a visit, "we're going to fix the problem."
During his visit Bush toured the main hospital and Abrams Hall, where soldiers were transferred after being vacated from the facility's Building 18, where moldy walls, rodent infestation and other problems went unnoticed until the media brought attention to them, according to CBS.
Critics question the timing of Bush's visit to Walter Reed, pointing out that the conditions were exposed six weeks ago, according to the AP. Bobby Muller, president of Veterans for America, was one critic, who stated that Bush was unlikely to view the areas in need of the most attention, such as Ward 54, where soldiers are suffering from acute mental health conditions.
As well as talking with patients, and staff, Bush awarded 10 Purple Hearts to soldiers recovering from serious wounds suffered in Afghanistan and Iraq.