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Vets’ Healthcare Inquest Begins

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Posted on Mar 5, 2007

Mea culpas, heated exchanges and reform pledges marked the first day of congressional hearings about the treatment of American veterans in military facilities like the scandal-plagued Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Meanwhile, Washington Post journalists Anne Hull and Dana Priest are following up on their Reed report with similar stories from vets across the country.


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“We can’t fail one of these soldiers or their families, not one. And we did,” said Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, who was in charge of Walter Reed from August 2006 until he was fired last week. He added, “We did not fully recognize the frustrating bureaucratic and administrative processes some of these soldiers go through. We should have, and in this I failed.”

Weightman’s comments were echoed by other top Army officials at an emotional House hearing held at the hospital itself as Congress began digging into the controversy.

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By Waldo, March 10, 2007 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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Dr David Chu, whom I regard as a very smart Defense executive appeared at the Senate VA Committee on Jan 19th, and casually remarked that Paiul Wolfowitz’s Severely Injured Center was shut down (because the Army and VA saw it as a uselless layer).

Chu’s VA counterpart Gordon Mansfield too said the same after the VA hearing.

Wolfowitz had the concept right but Chu’s OSD underlings created an OSD gold watch without competition and paid Ceridian $200M to provide counseling without guidance or instructions to address disconnects between the VA and DOD. 

I expect the Washington Post and the DOD IG to examine the Ceridian no bid contract for Military OneSource and the Severely injured center.

They became OSD gold watches, at the expense of our wounded warriors!

http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0804/081704h1.htm

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By Paul, March 6, 2007 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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As a long term patient of the VA I can only state that I truly hope change comes in favor of us veterans. The bureaucrats control every aspect of my life, my pension, my medical care. . . My household income in perpetually below the poverty level. I am not asking just for myself but all veterans. Please give us a fair consideration. My pension has not changed and the cost of everything else has.

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By Bert, March 6, 2007 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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Generals getting canned like part-time stockboys, secretary of the army out on his ass, Libby on his way to the Big House, Resign! Resign! Resign!
Failing that, impeach, impeach, impeach!

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By AMIGO, March 6, 2007 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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I worked as a physician at four different VAMCs in four different states before leaving thoroughly disgusted with the repressive,pig-headed,colossally inefficient,showing no respect for us (who were ‘working-in-the-trenches’ so to speak) administrative style and worst of all (in the last place you would expect!) absolutely no freedom to question policy decisions made by stupid bureaucrats! Yesterday when I heard the VA Sec,Mr Nicholson tell Wolf Blitzer on CNN that “they were going to screen every veteran who walks into every VA,for ‘brain damage’, even if they come in with an ‘in-growing toe nail’  problem, I BURST OUT LAUGHING!! - - - it was the best joke I have heard in a long time!!!!!!!

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By Steve Hammons, March 6, 2007 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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Finally . . . the US news media and some government authorities are paying attention to wounded troops.

You can bet that the neocons, warmongers, chicken hawks and war profiteers have never cared about the deaths and terrible injuries to our troops . . . and they don’t care now.

It will probably take the wounded troops and their families, and what few ethical and honorable news media outlets/journalists and government officials that now remain to help solve these problems.

For more on this:

“Are the U.S. media and public ready to deal with the troops severely wounded in the Iraq war?”

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
October 30, 2005

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=3349

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