Byline: Anne Hull, Dana Priest; 2007-03-05; The Washington Post; pages A1Article Links
"Across the country, some military quarters for wounded outpatients are in bad shape, according to interviews, Government Accountability Office reports and transcripts of congressional testimony. The mold, mice and rot of Walter Reed's Building 18 compose a familiar scenario for many soldiers back from Iraq or Afghanistan who were shipped to their home posts for treatment. Nearly 4,000 outpatients are currently in the military's Medical Holding or Medical Holdover companies, which oversee the wounded. Soldiers and veterans report bureaucratic disarray similar to Walter Reed's: indifferent, untrained staff; lost paperwork; medical appointments that drop from the computers; and long waits for consultations."
Description:Part of The Washington Post's "The Other Walter Reed" series, this article explores how VA hospitals across the country fail to meet the needs of wounded war veterans.
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