The articles on Walter Reed Army Medical Center that ran last week in both the Washington Post and the Army Times revealed a shameful reality awaiting wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. The stories, particularly those in the Post, with its wider circulation and influence, prompted calls for action from various sectors, including the military, the media, and politicians.
On Wednesday, the Army retaliated against not only those patients at Walter Reed who spoke to reporters, but against all of its patients, imposing a hospital-wide six o'clock wake up call and seven o'clock room inspection, according to a follow-up report in the Army Times. Those actions spoke a lot louder than the initial words from Army officials, who promised meaningful change for the wounded and maimed soldiers stuck in administrative purgatory.
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