Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Editorial: Medical scandal goes beyond Walter Reed

Editorial: Medical scandal goes beyond Walter Reed
Stories tell of poor care in many places and for a long time.
Published: March 06, 2007

A WIDER PROBLEM
"The living conditions were the worst I'd ever seen for soldiers. Paint peeling, mold, windows that didn't work. I went to the hospital chaplain to get them to issue blankets and linens."
Capt. Leslie Haines, of Ft. Knox, Kentucky hospital in 2004, in Washington Post.
Washington Post's Anne Hull and Dana Priest ignited a firestorm in Washington two weeks ago when they reported on the abysmal outpatient care provided at Water Reed Medical Center. The center's commander has been fired; the secretary of the Army has resigned, and President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have had to reiterate what should never have been in doubt -- that this nation will provide the best possible care to those wounded in military service.

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At 8:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

I am currently writing a fictional novel based on a returning Iraqi War amputee. I was heppy to stumble upon this blog and appreciate the awareness you're helping create. I wonder if you could recommend any addtional resources and I am also very interested in speaking with and meeting anyone who would care to contribute their thoughts and experience. Thank you again.

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Jay said...

Support Our Wounded

While Americans debate the War in Iraq – many times more bitterly than intellectually – we have forgotten our wounded men and women who are recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals around the Country.
Every week plane loads of seriously wounded military arrive in the United States for medical treatment and recovery – often staying over a year in a hospital. They arrive with few, if any, of their personal possessions. Many are amputees who make the hospital their home-away-from-home while learning to move forward with their lives with the aid of outstanding medical, physical therapy and occupational therapy staffs.
In 2003, the Angels of Mercy Program was founded to help these wounded men and women and their families. In 2004, Newman’s-Own named the Angels the best volunteer program in American supporting our military. The Program provides clothing suitable for rehabilitation, comfort items, and a broad range of support for young family members who have uprooted their lives to be with their loved ones at the hospital. We need help to keep this non-political, all volunteer program going. Our total effort is on helping those who have given so much, and letting them know their Country cares about their sacrifices.
The web site www.SupportOurWounded.org contains many background details, and suggests ways Americans can help. The Angels of Mercy Program can also be reached by phone: 703-938-8930. Our wounded need your help.

Angels of Mercy Program
1355 Balls Hill Road
McLean, Virginia
703.938.8930

 

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