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If you’ve read much news lately, you probably heard about the Walter Reed scandal. Walter Reed is supposedly the nation’s premiere military hospital, filled with wounded veterans. But on February 18, the Washington Post did an exposé showing that Walter Reed was in decay and that the wounded and maimed soldiers were being neglected and mistreated.
And although I shouldn’t be surprised, I was somewhat astounded to read that the military is dealing with this situation by telling the soldiers to shut up and keep their own hospital rooms clean:
Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.
Standard operating procedure. Easier to hide a problem than fix it.
Insert your own cynical punchline about supporting the troops.
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