Monday, March 05, 2007

Walter Reed goes national

Anne Hull and Dana Priest have another entry this morning into their Washington Post series on the woeful medical care afforded to Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. This morning's story details the complaints that veterans and their families have had -- and in some cases attempted to make public -- at Army and VA facilities across the country.

These stories are only going to get worse before they get any better.

1 comment:

Apollo said...

When I was a kid I remember going to visit my uncle, a Vietnam Vet, at the VA in Houston. He was mostly high functioning, but every once in a while he'd have a rash of "flashbacks" and break-down almost completely. I remember how the place reeked of urine and feces. I remember wanting desperately to open a window in his room just to get some clean air in his lungs. I left that place swearing to myself that I'd never join the service if that is the kind of care I'd get. 20 years later he is not much better, mostly a shadow of his former self, but he has enough wit about him at to refuse to go back. It's hard for my aunt to have him around the house because he can be unpredictable, but at least they know he is not going to sleep in conditions that remind him of that hell-hole where he lost a little piece of his mind, Vietnam.