Editorial: "Rotten Homecoming" - Unsigned - Washington Post

Editorial: "Rotten Homecoming" - Unsigned - Washington Post

This is no way to treat a veteran

by: Unsigned | publication date: February 21, 2007 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: A14

"Walter Reed's commander, Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, says that conditions on the post will improve rapidly. His response is commendable, and it should not be forgotten that thousands of professionals and volunteers, civilian and military, are working hard to help veterans heal and adjust. But it also should not have taken newspaper articles to bring change to outpatient conditions at Walter Reed. And while filthy conditions at Building 18 are a temporary problem for these veterans, lowball settlements may leave soldiers and their families impoverished for life. . . "

An editorial by The Washington Post expressing outrage at both the poor physical condition of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the bureaucratic labyrinth seemingly designed to make it as difficult as possible for veterans to receive disability benefits, especially for traumatic brain injuries.

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