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Worst President Ever News: "Walter Reed patients told to keep quiet"
February 28, 2007
10:11 pm
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Way to support the troops, commander in chief.

Walter Reed patients told to keep quiet

By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 28, 2007 20:26:13 EST

Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.

“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

It is unusual for soldiers to have daily inspections after Basic Training.

Soldiers say their sergeant major gathered troops at 6 p.m. Monday to tell them they must follow their chain of command when asking for help with their medical evaluation paperwork, or when they spot mold, mice or other problems in their quarters.

They were also told they would be moving out of Building 18 to Building 14 within the next couple of weeks. Building 14 is a barracks that houses the administrative offices for the Medical Hold Unit and was renovated in 2006. It’s also located on the Walter Reed Campus, where reporters must be escorted by public affairs personnel. Building 18 is located just off campus and is easy to access.

The soldiers said they were also told their first sergeant has been relieved of duty, and that all of their platoon sergeants have been moved to other positions at Walter Reed. And 120 permanent-duty soldiers are expected to arrive by mid-March to take control of the Medical Hold Unit, the soldiers said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Army public affairs did not respond to a request sent Sunday evening to verify the personnel changes.

The Pentagon also clamped down on media coverage of any and all Defense Department medical facilities, to include suspending planned projects by CNN and the Discovery Channel, saying in an e-mail to spokespeople: “It will be in most cases not appropriate to engage the media while this review takes place,” referring to an investigation of the problems at Walter Reed.

March 3, 2007
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This is such a horrifying example of the hypocrisy of this administration.

I don't call this "supporting the troops."

March 5, 2007
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If you talk to ANY member of the military who has been injured/hospitalized...it is a WELL KNOWN fact that medical care is substandard.

In fact, my BF has two crushed vertabrea in his back...easily treatable in normal society...he was hurt during his tour and could have the military pay for the procedure, BUT fears never being able to walk again because the care in the military hospitals is not up to standards of the regular civilian care.

And they won't pay for him to have the procedure done in a civilian hospital.

Also - another fact is that a high percentage of the military families are on food stamps and other governmental assistance (daycare)...and again, this sounds wrong to me.

We beg our young people to join the military and get a better head start in life...college education and all...but we pay them so little they need to apply for food stamps?

what's up with that?

oh, and car insurance rates are higher in military communities as well...I lived in North Charleston in between the air base and the navy base and the insurance rates were among the highest in the state...and I was paying MORE than I was in Connecticut, which is the insurance capital of the world.

it's sad really....and the funny thing is....most parents don't want their kids joining the military so now they are putting out advertisements on tv trying to get the parents on board with their kids wanting to join.

March 5, 2007
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I felt angered and saddened to see that segment on ABC News two weeks ago about all the vets who are brain injured and not getting the care they need. Apparently, the longer one waits for treatment, the harder it is to help these vets.

I forget the name of the new reporter who was brain injured in Iraq, but it seems that after his segment on the ABC World News, all kinds of things are being stirred up to address the major problems in the VA system. This is a deplorable situation, but at least it is getting attention and it seems to have originated,at least in part, from the publicity of the ABC News reports.

March 5, 2007
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I saw a news segment where they were saying that the VA is trying NOT to label vets with post war trauma, as many of the vietnam vets were.

they are claiming that it "labels" the vets and makes them more prone to staying on disability and making them feel like they are "damaged goods" and unable to work...and giving up, feeling hopeless.

I say that post war trauma is REAL and these guys need better treatment to deal with it and they aren't getting it...and the government is just trying to avoid having more vets on disability because of it.

I have a close friend that was in desert storm and now is back in Iraq....and when he came back from desert storm...it was YEARS before that boy (and he was a boy) slept properly, got a good night rest and didn't deal with horrific nightmares.

post war trauma is not real??? sorry, I don't buy it.

March 5, 2007
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Thanks for the post - it's very informative.

I am not in the least surprised. I feel confident that this policy is coming straight from the top. Deceit, manipulation, lack of compassion and the use of fear to obtain what they want are stock in trade for the neo-conservatives in the Bush camp.

See DVD I,II, and III - Portrait of Nightmares for a complete expose of the underpinning philosophy driving the Bush administration and the Al Queda movement. From what I see, there is no difference in their philosophy only in the method of implementation of their use of force to bring about their aims and objectives. Both fundamentally want an end to church-state separation - only the controlling religions differ.

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