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....
Oh, really? Follow the chain of command!!!!!?????? Does that mean that soldier patients have to fill out complaint forms in triplicate, have the forms signed by two witnesses, and wait, 2-3 months for some action. Give me a break!!!!!
....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.
This is how this administration "supports the troops" with lies, coverups, and denials. First they send our troops to Iraq based on lies. Then they provide no body armor or armored vehicles. Now that the injured are home, they are denied help for PTSD and housed in rooms that are inadequate, unhealthy, and infested with mice. Oh, how the President and Cheney love the troops!
If you have a loved one at Walter Reed and you've witnessed these horrible conditions let someone know who cares. Contact Congressman Murtha/Speaker Pelosi/Senator Levin/Senator Jim Webb. Call the media (ask to remain anonymous), write a letter to the editor, take pictures of what you see (camera, cellphone w/camera) and let the country know what you are facing. Don't suffer in silence.