Congress Angry About New Walter Reed Revelations

Members of Congress are demanding answers from the military following a 9NEWS NOW EXCLUSIVE on major new problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Full Story
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James C Grant

Manassas, VA

#1 Mar 19, 2007
Fix Walter Reed now and remove the contractors because all they do is rip off the government and tax payers. Put government employees back to work with good management and oversight and these problems will get fixed right. Contractors they charge for things the don't do and much more. Frist of all they hire some of the worst bums in the country that cannot do the job and thats why we have so much cost over runs because they are continually redoing jobs that weren't done right in the beginning. Iraq we open that bucket of worms and now we must close it but we must do right so that country can stand
and defend itself and be proud. We can not cut and run now we started this thing and we must finish it right. This country must not elect another President like Bush and Cheney
they don't have a clue of the real world, we should have stayed on top of Afganistan with troop surge. Sadam hated terroist and didn't trust anyone not even his Sons. Retired Army
ron

Silver Spring, MD

#2 Mar 20, 2007
Channel 9 news chose to show some pictures of the reseach facility that has been closed for years. The new research facility is located in the Forest Glen area. Why doen't congress who, wants us to believe how upset they are over the conditions at Walter Reed, spend the money to update one of the finest military hospitals in the world instead of WASTING it on building a new one at Bethesda. I guess that just makes too much sense.Bethesda doesn't much space
to accomodate a new hospital.I would love to see congress exert as much energy on making sure that ALL of our military and their families are taken care of as they are in ending the war.. We need and must take care of our military FIRST. In the real world,that is all we have to guarantee our freedom we enjou every day. END the war but provide for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines FIRST.
RonW

Herndon, VA

#3 Mar 20, 2007
I simply cannot accept the fact that Congress did not know about this condition sooner. They are the ones that budget funding for the military. They are the ones that cut the budget for Walter Reed because of the STUPID BRAC decision to close Walter Reed. I blame the members of Congress more than the Army.

And now the Demorats want to time money for Walter Reed to their bill to force the military out of Iraq. How stupid and self rightous can Congress be??

How long are American voters going to put up with BS like this??
Rlex

Norcross, GA

#4 Mar 20, 2007
I have whole heartedly agree with RonW. Congress has been scaling backcutting funding for years on many of the military facilities for years because they were not a priority. This unfortunately includes Walter Reed. Congress needs to assume at least some of the blame. Having been on active duty in the military myself I wonder how many of Walter Reeds management made the fact known that the hospital was in bad need of maintenance and told to shut their mouths. Military politics still hasn't changed and the one's doing the fight suffer for it.
Lisa Erickson - VA

Stevensville, MD

#5 Mar 20, 2007
Why can't the government put bills through for each item of concern instead of attaching multiple items to a bill that they know darn good and well that they won't agree on all of the items on the bill. I really think that the politicians should start doing their jobs and make some changes, and do it one items at a time if they cannot seem to agree on the items as a group. It is sickening to see what the conditions at this hospital that is for our service men and women who are injured fighting a war declared by our president. Why is it that history always repeats itself. We are treating our war veterans like garbage by putting them in these conditions. They deserve more and more should be done!
ron

Silver Spring, MD

#6 Mar 20, 2007
James C Grant wrote:
Fix Walter Reed now and remove the contractors because all they do is rip off the government and tax payers. Put government employees back to work with good management and oversight and these problems will get fixed right. Contractors they charge for things the don't do and much more. Frist of all they hire some of the worst bums in the country that cannot do the job and thats why we have so much cost over runs because they are continually redoing jobs that weren't done right in the beginning. Iraq we open that bucket of worms and now we must close it but we must do right so that country can stand
and defend itself and be proud. We can not cut and run now we started this thing and we must finish it right. This country must not elect another President like Bush and Cheney
they don't have a clue of the real world, we should have stayed on top of Afganistan with troop surge. Sadam hated terroist and didn't trust anyone not even his Sons. Retired Army
i somewhat agree
with Mr. Grant. However where I differ.One cannot lump contractors altogether. there are many contractors working for the military who do a wonderful job. Those who are actually taking fo the wounded and injured at the hospitals. There are many nurses and Technologist who are providing excellent care. There are many research doctors both physicians and Ph.D who are caring on excellent research for the military.Several items that were in a reseach mode last year are now actually being used in the war zones.
Please don't assume all contractors are bad apples. As a older member of the Armed Forces,I see on a daily basis how good many of the government contractors are. Please don't assume that all fo them are bad.
SARAH

Arlington, VA

#7 Mar 20, 2007
I think it is horrible to say the least. How can we spend millions of dollars in a foreign country and treat our own like second class citizens. That says a lot about our government. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!
Vet

United States

#8 Mar 20, 2007
i had to go to the VA hospital to get something checked out when i got discharged and the place was NOT somewhere i would have wanted to go for something serious.
gman

United States

#9 Mar 20, 2007
Our beloved government health care system at it's finest. Just you wait, you ain't seen nothing yet!
Sandi

United States

#10 Mar 20, 2007
RonW wrote:
I simply cannot accept the fact that Congress did not know about this condition sooner. They are the ones that budget funding for the military. They are the ones that cut the budget for Walter Reed because of the STUPID BRAC decision to close Walter Reed. I blame the members of Congress more than the Army.
And now the Demorats want to time money for Walter Reed to their bill to force the military out of Iraq. How stupid and self rightous can Congress be??
How long are American voters going to put up with BS like this??
What a shock when this came out. Thank God it is exposed. I never imagined our vets were treated so horribly. Since the news exposure I have been researching. Anyone look up that IAP? Well, they have contracts throughout government.

Found a new word, "privatization". Once understood, I began to realize our own Gov.Perry is selling off our infra-structure to private companies. Then it is goin on all over the country.

Someone high up in government, the generals said,(at the hearings) that it was a 'civilian' got the government employees, axed and IAP "in". That bit of business has yet to be exposed.

Mrs. Donald Rumsfeld went to Walter Reed in October. She was very upset by what she saw and learned.(A friend of hers took her there, folks did not know who she was...so the 'meeting' was not censored). No one at the White House did a thing about this in OCT, NOV,.....thought you might like to know that RonW.

Now Im wondering, that big new building that has all the kitchenetts, nice beds....you know, the one they moved those folks from Building 18? Well, who exactly 'did they really intend to house in that building?' Anyone know?
KDM

Hall, MT

#11 Mar 20, 2007
But hey..our ol' senators sure user won't pass up a pay raise
concerned former soldier

Hagerstown, MD

#12 Mar 20, 2007
Mr. Cordell is not lying about the conditions at walter reed. the conditions there are bad and the army has let walter reed go down hill over the years. for this to be the premire hospital fo the army medical ststem its not taken care of very well and alot of the problems that have been ignored over the few years i've been there, not only with patient care but with general care of the buildings started with gen. kiley and not general weightman who in my opinion was nothing more gthan the fall guy. right now there are not enough PCA pumps, which are machines to pump medicaton to the paitents to go around, they are always short on these. they are cutting back on so many personell there that its hard for the med maintenance people to keep up with the work load and the wards are hiding equipment at times to have it on hand when they need it.
Its really to bad that this was not found out sooner than this. the hoousing issue is bad for the soldiers there now but believe me, the old housing for the permenant party soldiers was really bad also before they built the housing that is at the housing annex now. that housing had roofs that were falling in in some of the bathrooms, ants, termite problems, plumbing problems, rottening wood framing on the side and eves fo the housing, rats that was bigger than some cats and problems with some gangs that were living in one of the empty buildings. this is not to mention that if you needed the police that no one could figure out if it was a county or military police issue. maybe they should forget closing reed and sink the money that it would cost to move it into repairing the problems now.has ayone thought of the expence it would be to move such a huge hospital
Mike

Rio Rancho, NM

#13 Mar 20, 2007
Why is anyone surprised? Government is so inefficient and it's a private contractor maintaining the building and there's nothing you can do. The Army tried to get them to fulfill their obligations but it appears the contractor contacted several senators and representatives who had received campaign contributions and well you know what happens then.
Bruce Retired Vet

Trumbull, CT

#14 Mar 20, 2007
It's appalling that Congress is attacking the Army for the conditions of the Hospitals when they repeatedly cut spending from medical programs. The push to close bases and posts has removed many top of the line hospitals out of military control or has reduced the care of facilities to barest minimum. With this kind of maintenance Congress expects the military to upkeep the facilities and fight a war. Where are the funds coming from, Bush is not pumping money into long abandon bases in the US because Congress wants them closed.
Sandi

United States

#15 Mar 20, 2007
Mike wrote:
Why is anyone surprised? Government is so inefficient and it's a private contractor maintaining the building and there's nothing you can do. The Army tried to get them to fulfill their obligations but it appears the contractor contacted several senators and representatives who had received campaign contributions and well you know what happens then.
Mike, how do you know these things? I would like the same research, is it available? Do you happen to know who the "civilian" is that got the contract switched from government to private?
Sandi

United States

#16 Mar 20, 2007
Bruce Retired Vet wrote:
It's appalling that Congress is attacking the Army for the conditions of the Hospitals when they repeatedly cut spending from medical programs. The push to close bases and posts has removed many top of the line hospitals out of military control or has reduced the care of facilities to barest minimum. With this kind of maintenance Congress expects the military to upkeep the facilities and fight a war. Where are the funds coming from, Bush is not pumping money into long abandon bases in the US because Congress wants them closed.
We had a neighbor when I was growing up, he had held a fairly high position with one of the 'services'. Their family would go to 'the base' for various things.

With this war, I did not understand why they continued to close down all these bases. Why would they remove available "care" for returning vets? It seemed to me, this could cause hardships. Soldiers and their families having to travel farther for care.

Having had some experience caring for very ill relatives, it is somewhat easy for me to relate to the difficulties, going to a local appointment can pose.

Hopefully, with the media attention and some of us calling and writting to our elected officials we can be a small part of keeping the pressure up.

Today on cspan there was a proposal for "rural vet care".(term is not right) but it means not having to drive 4 hours to get your eyes examined. A vet can go locally in his/her small town to the local dr. Makes sence to me. It is nice to see folks that care, here.
Sandi

United States

#17 Mar 20, 2007
Sorry, ya'll I feel the fool. Thought I was posting on a different article. This turn of events is beyond words.

How could they do this? What arrogance! How dismissive. Thand God for this, Mark Cordell & Channel 9. This should be the new headline!

So, embarrassed about confusing things.
Rob

Freeland, PA

#18 Mar 20, 2007
I'm a vet as well as a few dozen others in my family. And we also have a few on active duty presently. I say stop with the military hospitals and the VA hospitals and give all of our troops and vets a card they can use at their nearest hospital. It will save our government money and headaches, and the vets won't have to travel hundreds of miles for care and appointments. Let's start using common sense here.
I hear talk about the VA opening cemeteries so that more vets can be buried closer to home. Well then how about bringing our medical care closer to home, especially for those too crippled and/or old to drive. Our military doctors should be working side by side with their civilian counterparts anyway. It all makes sense. Common sense.
Glenn

United States

#19 Mar 20, 2007
Those of us Vets who use the services of the VA find this to be rather large joke. There is nothing suprising about this in the least. Vereran facilities across the nation are continualy given less funding to deal with more vets. As Rob stated above... a universal health card allowing America's finest accesss to health care at the facility of their choice would be a great way to deal with this. To many soldiers are asked to travel long distances to get second rate service. Take care of those who have defended the freedom we all enjoy.
Disgusted

Texarkana, TX

#20 Mar 20, 2007
Nah--just contract more out---CEO and Stock Holder World Wide need their Loot.

Federal Worker Bad---got to reduce Government the Republican way.

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