April 11, 2007
The Pentagon's review of the conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center was released Wednesday. The review finds that a lack of funding and Pentagon neglect are to blame for shoddy outpatient conditions there.
Army Secretaries John Marsh and Togo West led an indpendent group that said the Defense Department was, or should have been, aware of the problems but ignored them because the hospital was slated to eventually be closed.
The report also says that the Pentagon made things worse after ordering a hold down on growing costs and expenses, even though Walter Reed was seeing a growing number of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The report noted that the Pentagon was not sufficiently prepared to deal with troops suffering from traumatic brain injury or post traumatic stress disorder.