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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Troops Neglected, Walter Reed in Decay

by Jay Allbritton
The way our government is treating, and often failing to treat, our veterans when they return home is almost as big a crime as the war they were sent into.

From the Washington Post (h/t Russ)
Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan's room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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I sincerely hope we elect quite a few Iraq War veterans over the next thirty years or so, because so many of them have learned the hard way what happens when a government crawls up it's own ass and disappears.

VIDEO: Paul Rieckhoff of the IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) speaks to Kieth Olbermann.

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