Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Army Times reports on the Walter Reed scandal!

Lots of great stuff over at the Army Times!

The patients at Walter Reed are told to be quiet. I guess it's hard for the mold to grow with the incessant bitching.
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.

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.

Lots of people getting fired out there. Good. Too little, too late for some though.

The Army did respond a bit later though.
Boyce said the soldiers may speak to the media, but only with permission if the interview takes place in a government building, such as Building 18. However, he said, if soldiers at Walter Reed want to talk with reporters down the street at a coffee shop, “that would be fine.”

Boyce also responded to a gag order issued to military spokespeople after extensive media reports on the problems facing troops in the Medical Hold Unit with both the medical evaluation bureaucracy and their living conditions.

Great. The Washington Post story spoke of soldiers barely able to make it down to formations because of their injuries, but hey, feel free to hobble down to the local coffee shop to chat with the media.

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