I have read the information, I have seen the pictures, and I listened to most sides of the story about the care of soldiers at
First and foremost, I believe our soldiers and their families deserve the best treatment available and to be shown the utmost respect while doing do. Without exception our soldiers are being treated very well in the main hospital at Walter Reed MC where surgeries and therapies go on for the most severely wounded. I don’t think anyone with any knowledge about all of this could possibly argue with that. There is no excuse however for the treatment of the soldiers and their families at this outpatient building. These people should not have to negotiate the bureaucratic red tape, deal with dirty rooms, with roaches, mice and mold on the walls after serving their country and essentially putting their lives on the line for freedom. The Officers in charge of this operation need to be disciplined, the facility if it is going to continue to be used to care for soldiers, needs to be cleaned and staffed with professionals that care about the health and well being of our soldiers.
Cleaning up the facility though is going to be much easier to do than cleaning up the mess that bureaucrats make with all the rules and regulations they come up with to maintain their own positions. The process for gaining treatment in the repaired, cleaned and well staffed facilities has to be streamlined though. What is it that makes things so difficult? You go to the facility because your doctor has chosen for you to go there, you show your military ID, you fill out a couple of papers that say who your doctor is and other personal information so they know that you are who you say you are and there you have it, treatment starts as soon as it is scheduled. If the military said your family can be there then you take responsibility to prove they are your family and there you have that too, the family is there and taken care of. That’s the way it should work.
I am a strong believer that out of touch bureaucrats make things much more difficult in the medical care field. I have heard much talk about a government take over of the civilian health care system and this story only brings to light why that is a really bad idea. There is nothing trivial about this horrible situation for our troops but it is of a limited nature and is only one of a hundreds of facilities that are used for medical treatment for our military. Imagine the scope of the medical malpractice and mismanagement that would occur if the government would use these same types of bureaucratic minded people to run the huge civilian healthcare system.
I fully believe Defense Secretary Robert Gates will get a firm grip on this situation at the Walter Reed Medical Center because he appears to be the type you can trust to get the job done in no nonsense way. I like this man a whole lot after what I’ve seen and complained about in the past as far as Secretary of Defense goes.
This next part is the pointing out of the usual stories of malfeasance by a press that is all too glad to report anything negative about the “War on Terror” and in particular the military and the Bush administration. Don’t get me wrong though, this story needed to aired and brought to light but the tactics that are used by the press and others at the Walter Reed Army Hospital Center goes far beyond just uncovering of mistreatment of the troops by Army medical staff and dirty facilities. Everyday wounded soldiers and their families must run the gauntlet of a hounding press to give up some kind of incriminating evidence amid the signs of “Mama’s don’t let your boys grow up to be Killers” and the shouts of war protestors organized by the group “Code Pink”. I constantly have to remind myself when reading these stories about war protestors that I am a Christian and I must not let my hate for these people take control of me because revenge will neither be pretty or beneficial. When it comes to war protestors I am a boiling cauldron and I must keep the lid on it.
These links below are from Military.com, a place where I find the most unbiased and most accurate information about what is going with the military because it is us, the vets and the active duty personnel that put the information there. The first link is an interview with a volunteer from
Interview with Volunteer
Gates News Briefing
Walter Reed Medical Center Website