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Bush ‘supports troops’ with mice and mold February 24, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.
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There’s only one thing worse than paying poor working class folks in one country to kill poor working class folks in another country – and that’s treating them like sh*t when they get back.

We used to get chocolate milk delivered to our beds. The amputees of Walter Reed Army Medical Center were accustomed to first-class service as a matter of hospital policy. “The Ritz-Carlton is where you want to go, not Motel 6,” the head nurse of Ward 57 told her staff after the Iraq war began in 2003. “That’s how I want all my patients treated.”

But it was a courtesy that apparently stopped at the hospital’s front door. According to a series in this week’s Washington Post, some wounded soldiers have lived amid mice, mold and mismanagement in outpatient facilities. It was a shocking account to ordinary Americans who know of Walter Reed by its spit-shine, high-tech image, but especially to me. An embedded reporter who lost a hand in a grenade attack, I was treated at Walter Reed as an in-patient from December 16, 2003 to January 8, 2004, when I left for my home in Washington. I returned regularly to the hospital as an outpatient for 18 months, stopping often to visit friends who were living in the modern, clean Malogne House.

No doubt other reporters treated well out of fear that they’d otherwise spill the beans.

Even they grumbled about paperwork snafus and the bewildering medical retirement process. But they also enjoyed the freedom of outpatient life as well as comfortable housing and meals. Clearly problems worsened as the outpatient community exploded later in 2005. It was not until October of that year that soldiers were housed in the notorious Building 18.

Appalling.

Hopefully, it will give young Americans one more reason not to join the military. Or, if they do enlist – follow Lt. Watada’s example, and not fight an illegal war based on lies.

Mice and Mold is what you’ll get in return.

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