WASHINGTON, March 2 — Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey was forced to resign Friday over the handling of revelations that wounded soldiers were receiving shabby and slow treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Even as the grim-faced defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, announced Mr. Harvey’s dismissal, the Army put a new general in charge of the hospital, the second change of command in two days, and a clear signal that Mr. Gates wanted a clean break from the status quo.
Earlier, the White House had announced that President Bush would appoint a bipartisan panel to examine the medical treatment provided to wounded service members, both by the Defense Department and by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I am disappointed that some in the Army have not adequately appreciated the seriousness of the situation,” Mr. Gates told reporters. “Some have shown too much defensiveness and have not shown enough focus on digging into and addressing the problems.”
A senior Pentagon official said Mr. Gates had demanded Mr. Harvey’s resignation because he was displeased that Mr. Harvey on Thursday, in dismissing the commander of Walter Reed, temporarily named Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley to take command. General Kiley, the Army’s top medical officer, had earlier appeared to play down the problems at Walter Reed, where he was in command until 2004.
Mr. Gates’s aggressiveness in addressing the problem has surprised many Pentagon officials who are still getting used to his style more than two months into his service.
Ordered by Mr. Gates to get an acceptable new commander in place by the end of the day, the Army announced late Friday that Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, a veteran Army doctor and the brother of the current Army chief of staff, would take over command at Walter Reed.
In his weekly radio address, taped on Friday for broadcast on Saturday morning, Mr. Bush said, “This is unacceptable to me, it is unacceptable to our country, and it’s not going to continue.” The White House released a transcript without the usual embargo on its publication.
White House officials said the review ordered by Mr. Bush would examine soldiers’ medical treatment starting when they were wounded, as they were moved to Defense Department hospitals and as they received care in V.A. facilities after leaving the armed services.
The White House commission seemed to overlap in at least some respects with a separate panel announced by Mr. Gates last week that he said had authority to examine living conditions, problems getting prompt care and any other issues at Walter Reed and other military-run hospitals the panel chose to examine.
Officials said the White House commission was likely to undertake a broader review and take longer with its investigation than the Pentagon panel, which has a 45-day deadline. Mr. Bush plans to name his commission’s members next week.
House and Senate committees, too, are planning hearings on the matter next week. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Friday that it was issuing a subpoena to Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, who had been in command of the hospital since last August before his firing on Thursday. The panel has scheduled a hearing at Walter Reed on Monday.
The committee also made public an internal hospital memorandum written last September that warned that an Army decision to privatize support services at Walter Reed was causing an exodus of experienced career personnel and putting patient care “at risk of mission failure.”
The scandal at Walter Reed is particularly embarrassing to the administration because many top officials have visited injured troops there. Although Mr. Bush has visited Walter Reed several times, his spokesman, Tony Snow, said last month that the president had learned about the situation from the newspaper and that he had given orders to “find out what the problem is and fix it.”
Army officials have defended the treatment provided to most patients at Walter Reed, especially the most serious cases, those admitted to inpatient wards on its campus a few miles from the center of Washington.
But the administration has been unable to explain why adequate improvements at Walter Reed’s nearby satellite facilities used to house outpatients were not made before the shoddy conditions were disclosed last month in a series of articles in The Washington Post. And the furor is unlikely to abate soon.
Mr. Harvey, the senior civilian official overseeing the Army, joined the Pentagon in 2004 after a long career as an engineer working mainly for defense contractors. He was an executive with the Westinghouse Corporation from 1969 to 1997.
In a speech last year, he said improved efficiency could reduce both the federal work force and the number of contractors.
But the House committee leaders said that at Walter Reed, hiring a contractor had resulted in a steep decline in the number of support personnel like maintenance workers to fewer than 60 last month, from 300 in early 2006.
An Army spokesman, Paul Boyce, said that “didn’t help” efforts over the last year to improve conditions for patients in Building 18, the dilapidated 50-room former hotel across the street from Walter Reed where outpatients are housed. Before rushed renovations last month, the building had moldy walls, stained carpets and infestations of rats.
Walter Reed officials have also acknowledged that the large number of wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan, currently around 650 patients and outpatients, has taxed doctors, nurses and other care providers and forced them to rely more heavily on overflow facilities.
General Kiley, commander of Walter Reed from 2002 to 2004, left when he was appointed Army surgeon general. On a tour of the outpatient facilities for reporters last month, he took issue with the way the conditions were portrayed in some accounts.
“While we have some issues here, this is not a horrific, catastrophic failure at Walter Reed,” he said. “I mean these are not good, but you saw rooms that look perfectly acceptable, you saw the day rooms with the pool tables and plasma screen TVs, and we’re working every day to make those rooms better.”
But those comments and others did not please Mr. Gates, aides said. Even though he issued a statement Thursday endorsing the decision to remove General Weightman, he was not aware that the Army had chosen General Kiley to be the acting commander, an appointment that lasted just one day.
“It could have been almost anybody but Kiley,” said a senior Pentagon official, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Mr. Gates’s thinking. Referring to General Kiley’s service as the hospital commander, he added: “Some of this may well have developed and even started on his watch. And his comments also demonstrated a certain insensitivity.”
General Schoomaker, 58, the new commander, had been commander of the Army’s Medical Research and Material Command at Fort Detrick, Md. His brother, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, who is stepping down next month, was not involved in the decision to select him, the senior Pentagon official said.
In a visit to the outpatient facility last month before it was fixed up, Mr. Harvey called the conditions inexcusable. But he went on to place the blame for the situation on noncommissioned officers.
“We had some N.C.O.’s who weren’t doing their job, period,” Mr. Harvey said
NCOs? WEIGHTMAN? WHAT ABOUT KILEY??
A Step in the Right Direction
A step in the right direction
Posted in Army, Bush Administration, GOP, Government, Military, Medical at 4:47 pm by LeisureGuy
The general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been fired (or, in Army parlance, “relieved of his command”).
Army officials informed Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman this morning that the nation’s oldest military service had “lost trust and confidence in the commander’s leadership abilities to address needed solutions for soldier-outpatient care” at the hospital. Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey made the decision yesterday, Army officials said.
However, Weightman has been at the post for only six months, and he’s certainly not the main problem. Weightman will be replaced by the head of U.S. Army Medical Command, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, for now. Kiley seems to be a much worse problem.
In a news conference last week, Kiley, now the Army’s surgeon general, said the problems found in the building “weren’t serious and there weren’t a lot of them.”
That view was strongly contradicted by Gates, who later last week called conditions at building 18 “unacceptable.” Gates said he will hold the responsible officials accountable after he receives the results of a 45-day review, which he said will be released to Congress and the public.
“We take this very seriously,” a Pentagon spokeswoman told ABC News today.
Some specific instances of Kiley’s deliberate neglect of the problem:
Among those who brought the problems to the attention of Kiley and other Walter Reed and military officials, according to the Post:
Steve Robinson, director of veterans affairs at Veterans for America, said he told Kiley in 2003 that “there are people in the barracks who are drinking themselves to death and people who are sharing drugs and not getting the care they need.” Some missed appointments because Walter Reed officials had lost track of them, Robinson said.
Retired Maj. Gen. Kenneth L. Farmer Jr., who commanded Walter Reed for two years before leaving in August, said he was aware of outpatient problems and reported them both to his commander, Kiley, and to his successor, Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman.
Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., stopped visiting Walter Reed after voicing his complaints. His wife, Beverly, complained to Kiley that she visited a soldier lying in urine on his mattress. “I went flying down to Kevin Kiley’s office again and got nowhere,” she told the paper. “He has skirted this stuff for five years and blamed everyone else.”
Joe Wilson, a clinical social worker in the psychiatry department, briefed colonels at the hospital about a survey that found 75 percent of outpatients called their experience there “stressful” and many were “unsatisfied, frustrated, disenfranchised.”
Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asked a staffer during a visit if her husband was seeing only patients handpicked to show the hospital’s good side and was told yes.
In addition to the Defense Department review, the hospital is now in the second day of a two-day inspection by the Joint Commission, a hospital accreditation agency formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.
“These are serious wounds, and these folks aren’t getting the care they need at Walter Reed, right in the backyard of the capital,” former Lt. Paul Rieckhoff, a veteran and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told CNN. “I think there are a lot of people who work very hard and care very deeply in Walter Reed and also in the [Veterans Administration] hospitals around the country. But what we consistently hear is that they’re under-resourced.”
Re.Slaughter : Fire Head of Walter Reed
Friday, March 02, 2007
Rep. Slaughter: Fire head of Walter Reed now by
John Aravosis (DC)
Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, Louise Slaughter (D-NY), has just written to the Secretary of Defense calling on him to fire the temporary head of Walter Reed, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley. Kiley headed Walter Reed for two years while our injured veterans suffered, with his knowledge, and he is the man who GOP Congressman Bill Young's wife says she told about a soldier sleeping in his own urine - Kiley reportedly didn't do a thing about it.
Army's Top Medical Officer Grilled by Angry Lawmakers
Surgeon General Kiley taken to task over care of injured soldiers
Army's top medical officer grilled by angry lawmakers
Surgeon General Kiley is taken to task over care of injured soldiers
By Adam Schreck
Originally published March 8, 2007
WASHINGTON // On frequent trips to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Rep. C.W. Bill Young said he and his wife found wounded soldiers who didn't have adequate clothes, even one doing his rehabilitation in the bloody boots he had on when he was injured.
One soldier, ashamed that his mattress was soaked with urine, tried to turn Young's wife away, the Florida Republican recalled yesterday.
Another with a serious brain injury fell out of bed and hit his head three times before someone was assigned to make sure it didn't happen again.
On the third day of hearings on Walter Reed, Young told Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, the Army's top medical officer, and other brass that he repeatedly took his concerns to officials. He didn't raise them in public, he said, because he didn't want to undermine patients' confidence or the military.
But now he and other lawmakers want answers.
'Failing our soldiers' And there's no one they hold more accountable than Kiley, who led the military's premier hospital from 2002 to 2004.
"While we have dedicated people, they're working in a system that is failing our soldiers," said Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, at the first of two hearings in which Kiley testified yesterday.
Calling Walter Reed "just the tip of the iceberg," Murray detailed fresh reports of poor treatment at a military hospital in Washington state.
"General Kiley, you're in charge of this system. I hold you accountable," she said. "I'm here today because I want answers."
Concerns about Walter Reed came to light after articles in The Washington Post that pointed to gaps in treatment and poor conditions in some facilities on the sprawling hospital campus, in particular an outpatient residential facility known as Building 18.
Kiley, who is the Army surgeon general, has told lawmakers that he was unaware of specific problems in Building 18. He said in response to questions yesterday that he had become aware of other problems at the hospital during and after his tenure there and had acted to remedy them.
But, he acknowledged, he had not done enough.
"I did fail," Kiley said. "I should have been more engaged."
In testimony this week, Kiley has sought to reassure lawmakers that physical problems such as mold growth and broken fixtures are being addressed. The last patient in Building 18 was scheduled to move out last night, he said.
Meanwhile, Kiley said, administrators are adding staff and reworking procedures to help ease the transition from hospital to outpatient care, where most of the problems have been.
The scandal has cost two high-ranking officials their jobs - the Army secretary and the hospital commander. Some lawmakers questioned Kiley's leadership style yesterday and asked whether he, too, should be relieved of his command.
At the White House, former Sen. Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican, and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala, who were appointed Tuesday to lead a commission to study military and veteran medical care, met with President Bush.
"He made it very clear that if one soldier doesn't get high-quality treatment and isn't transitioned back into civilian life or back into the military, that's unacceptable," Shalala said, adding that she could sense the president's "anger and his anxiousness that we move as quickly as possible."
Dole said the president planned to play an active role in the commission's work.
Serious matters After the meeting, Bush said, "Any report of medical neglect will be taken seriously by this administration [and], I'm confident, by the Congress, and we will address problems quickly."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, expressed support yesterday for the commission. But they called on Bush to consult Congress on the committee's makeup and urged the president to include troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and their family members on the commission.
Meanwhile, the investigation on Capitol Hill will continue.
As he closed a House hearing at which Kiley faced heated questioning, Rep. John P. Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, assured fellow lawmakers, "This is not the end of the story."
Adam Schreck writes for the Los Angeles Times.
Bush and Rumsfield Broke the Army; Now They're Breaking the Lives of Soldiers.
excerpted from: http://americablog.blogspot.com/search/label/walter%20Reed
Waxman to Force Walter Reed Ex-Chief to Talk About Problems, Contract
March 02, 2007 3:42 PM
Justin Rood and Anna Schecter Report:
A powerful Democratic congressman is challenging the Pentagon, which is attempting to block the former chief of Walter Reed Army Medical Center from testifying before Congress next week.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Henry Waxman, D-Calif., wants to ask Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman about a contract to manage the medical center awarded to a company that had documented troubles fulfilling a government contract to deliver ice to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The Pentagon has refused to allow Weightman to testify. Waxman's staff has confirmed the congressman planned to issue his first subpoena as a committee chairman this session to legally compel Weightman's testimony if the Pentagon did not relent.
According to a letter from Waxman to Weightman posted today on the committee's Web site, the chairman believes the Walter Reed contract may have pushed dozens of health care workers to leave jobs at the troubled medical center, which he says in turn threatened the quality of care for hundreds of military personnel receiving treatment there.
Weightman had been slated to testify before Congress on Monday. The Army has tried to withdraw him from the hearing. Waxman's office confirmed the congressman plans to force the officer to appear by issuing a subpoena for his testimony.
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The Army did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter. A call to Weightman's home went unanswered.
In the letter, Waxman charged that the Army used an unusual process to award a five-year, $120 million contract to manage the center to a company owned by a former executive of Halliburton, the scandal-prone government contractor once operated by Vice President Dick Cheney.
In 2004, the Army determined that Walter Reed's federal employees could operate the medical center more efficiently than IAP Worldwide Services, which is operated by the former Halliburton executive, Al Neffgen, Waxman wrote. After IAP protested, the Army "unilaterally" increased the employees' estimated costs by $7 million, making IAP appear cheaper, Waxman said. Rules barred Walter Reed employees from appealing the decision, Waxman wrote, and in January 2006 the Army gave the contract to IAP.
According to an internal memo written by a senior Walter Reed administrator and obtained by Waxman, the decision to outsource to IAP led the center's skilled personnel to leave Walter Reed "in droves," fearing they would be laid off when the contractor took over. In the last year, Waxman found, over 250 of 300 government employees left the center. The lack of staffing put patient care "at risk of mission failure," warned an internal Army memo obtained by the congressman.
Some of the problems recently revealed at Walter Reed "may be attributable to a lack of skilled government technicians on staff," Waxman wrote in the letter.
In a prepared statement, IAP spokeswoman Arlene Mellinger said that currently "there are no critical shortages of employees or skills in any area" of Walter Reed. On Feb. 4, the first day of its contract, 290 IAP employees were at the center, she said; that number is now 305. IAP "looks forward to applying its experience and knowledge of facility maintenance" to support Walter Reed, the statement read.
A message left at the home number belonging to IAP head Al Neffgen was not immediately returned.
Update: Since this report was published, the Pentagon has reversed its position and is allowing Weightman to testify before Waxman's panel on Monday. An earlier version of this post stated Waxman had issued a subpoena to compel Weightman's testimony; in fact, Waxman had threatened to do so, but the Pentagon changed its stance before such a subpoena was issued.
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March 2, 2007 Permalink User Comments (25)
General Weightman may have "ministerial responsibility" but he has only been in his post since August of 2006. Is he the fall guy for a more fundamental problem than General Weightman's leadership
Posted by: Bill Schecter Mar 2, 2007 4:57:04 PM
It is simply appalling to me that the military establishment and this administration currently in power in this great County of ours can spend billions of dollars to bomb and destroy a former functioning country back to the middle ages, but they resist and make excuses to spend billions of dollars to provide sorely needed and sufficient medical care to those brave men and women who are sacrificing their lives at the direction of the President. There has to be some accountability in this country by the individuals in charge and we need to cease giving contracts to anyone associated with Halliburton. I don't know about anyone else, but I consider this inexcusable and those who knew about this should be put in prison, not just allowed to retire from the military and collect a pension on our tax dollars. THIS IS A DISGRACE and they should all be ashamed.
Posted by: Kathy Mar 2, 2007 5:08:18 PM
Of course they don't want him to testify, they just fired him for problems that occured long before he took the job. They are afraid he will tell the truth now that he was used as a scapegoat. Congressman Waxman is on the right track. I'm sure if they looked overall into the Army Contracting out policies they would find many irregularities. By the way, Gen. Kiley should resign as the Walter Reed problems all started while he was the Commander.
Posted by: Pyrofyter Mar 2, 2007 5:26:13 PM
The testimony shouldn't be allowed to be blocked. Blocking action indicates knowledge of guilt. Everyone involved should be in prison.
Posted by: jj Mar 2, 2007 10:34:49 PM
Waxman is on the right track. Next week is going to be soooooooo interesting.
Posted by: DA Mar 3, 2007 10:55:33 AM
About time there is some investigations going on in this country. Go getem Waxman!!!
Posted by: Larry Mar 3, 2007 3:15:19 PM
Finally some investigations from Congress. About time!
Posted by: Hooserdaddy Mar 3, 2007 3:29:04 PM
Democrats are for people, while Republicans are for profit. I am not surprized they are privatizing the care for wounded warriors, just dissapointed.
Posted by: Oilfieldguy Mar 3, 2007 4:07:58 PM
"...the Army used an unusual process to award a five-year, $120 million contract to manage the center to a company owned by a former executive of Halliburton, the scandal-prone government contractor once operated by Vice President Dick Cheney."
That about says it all. Cheney strikes again. When are these evil creeps Bush and Cheney going to be impeached and left to rot in prison...where they belong?
America is waiting.
Posted by: Jack Mar 3, 2007 5:31:46 PM
Kiley should be the guy testifying before Congress. I believe he was at Walter Reed when they awarded the contract in January 2006. He should also be demoted for denying the problems existed. I feel that was a lie. All it would have taken is unannounced & unscheduled visits with a clipboard and a large box of #2 pencils.
This article pretty much tells us where the disconnect is at Walter Reed. How do you lose 250 of 300 employees, immediately replace them with contractors, and immediately be efficient and up to speed?
And, as far as the troops currently at Walter Reed, I understand there has been a gag order and troops have been ordered to be up and have their area clean by 6am. I certainly hope that has been rescinded. These are wounded and sick military people, not basic trainees.
Posted by: Dave Mar 3, 2007 11:39:37 PM
There are many errors in this one story.
The contract was for base ops and not for medical care. The government workers leaving were not healthcare workers but people in charge of building maintenance.
IAP is a competitor to Halliburton/KBR. Trying to connect Walter Reed to Halliburton because the COO of IAP used to work for Halliburton is specious.
The memo was written by the garrison commander who worked for Installation Management Command and did not work for Medical Command.
If you look at govexec.com, the A-76 public employee's bid was late and was incomplete. Why should the government award the contract of the government employee when then missed their deadline.
Also, contracting base ops since the 1980's. Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri has been outcoursed since 1985. Fort Belvoir in the DC area was contracted out during the Clinton Administration.
Posted by: superdestroyer Mar 4, 2007 8:46:17 AM
You better watch it on C Span, because you'll be lucky if you get a 60 second bite on the MSM.
Posted by: T Geg Mar 4, 2007 11:17:26 AM
can someone tell me what country are we living in where we treat our young heroes like secondary citizen
Posted by: howard Mar 4, 2007 1:16:05 PM
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs is in grave condition regardless of what the politicians are trying to get you to believe.In fact the medical system are geared to deny followup on outpatients to save money and lower disability percentage payments to our Veterans. All claims should be treated with yearly reviews and monthly follow-up for active claims. A person should not be held do to a lack of medical evidence which is denied yearly review, year after year due to a lack of neurosurgeons to make the examinations when., orthopedic surgeons would be even more appropriate to examine the patient. Psych-Social is just another label for "let's see who we can misrepresent next at your V.A.". Dont allow doctors to continue to deny patients needed services because the patient has a lower percentage rating., it is tantamount to terrorism.
Posted by: The Hon. Mark K. Shaver Mar 4, 2007 7:00:57 PM
I work in a hospital that outsourced housekeeping and security services. My experience and that of my co-workers find it demoralizing to lose good team members who are support to the medical caregivers. Support may have been "cheaper" but services were indeed less and everyone including patients is affected. Hospital workers are a totality of caring, and support staff are not robots.
Posted by: bARBARA Mar 4, 2007 8:58:38 PM
I think gen.w.weightman was a powerful congressman.
Posted by: Mrs. Kathy Feng Mar 5, 2007 9:31:42 AM
Unbelieveable! How in the world do you justify relieving Weightman and Harvey resigning and putting Kiley in charge of cleaning up the problem that started with him? He got on national TV and downright said the problem wasn't that bad. Criminal! He is more to blame than any of the others taken to task here. He is the Surgeon General and he is the one ultimately responsible for the Healthcare of our Soldiers. RELIEVE HIM NOW!!!!
Posted by: Selfless Vet Mar 5, 2007 10:50:21 AM
In listening to the Walter Reed hearing by the Representatives. I could hear what any of us who deal with the Hospitals and Medical world is facing as norms. I deal with this as I help my mother and Help my friends with their mothers or father.
The medical world treats everyone –EVERYONE with this neglect and time waiting and misdiagnosis and “Pontius pilot hand washing” and the family is being put more and more of the responsibility to call and contact and even negotiate with the insurances.
Now hearing and knowing the Speeches uttered by the Executive Branch and Rumsfield then hearing how the soldiers are treated and health not budgeted and even having their records of education used as part of their illness and the reason to deny care service and health (aside bar the Executive Branch needs to apology for this treatment not Kerry and his college statement that hurt the moral of the soldiers-because Bush and his recruitment policy is a “promise them “the moon and pray they die in the 5th deployment”. This Branch asks of our neighbors, children what they never could have done themselves and their parents could not make that sacrifice when asked of them).
Posted by: Betty Rose Mar 5, 2007 12:45:56 PM
This is evidence of Rummy n company's only success: plugging his buds into the tax base under the cover of national security. I have heard other horror stories of the rush to contract everything in the military. Its almost a non functional swirling mass of civilian money grubbers riding the backs of taxpayers and military members its barely held together by the dedicated professionals.
Posted by: Stalindolf Mar 5, 2007 1:33:19 PM
For you goobers that want to turn everything political, the process of contracting out the services in question began under the Clinton administration (2000).
To those that think Weightman is the goat for Kiley and Kiley's successor (Farmer), sure sounded that way at the hearing today. I think the Congressional panel pretty well figured that out based on the subtle shift in their comments and questioning.
Posted by: Well Seasoned Mar 5, 2007 6:08:19 PM
why do the people in this country think that the pres. and vice pres. can do no wrong. the walter reed and other locations will come to light now that reed has hit the news.this is another company [ halliburton ]who has also been in the news and should of been investigated LONG TIME AGO. what happen NOTHING.the vice pres should of had an investigation done on him when halliburton broke in the news.have the leaders of our counrty been so afraid that these guys just keep rolling along and getting away with this type of corruption. The mighty country isslowing going to hell in a basket.why don't the investigation get to be public coverage and let the people see what is really happening.
Posted by: ed Mar 5, 2007 7:55:52 PM
Congressman Waxman and Steven Lynch should look into a medical device used by the NFL and has been investigated by the regimental surgeon of the U.S.Marines to reduce head injury. Officials at Walter reed have not answered the inquires of a Harvard Mass General researcher. It is widely believed this procedure will benefit the troops, reducing the longterm damage.
Posted by: Mahercor Mar 5, 2007 8:17:37 PM
Why was GEN Peter Schoomaker allowed to recommend that MG Weightman be relieved and then MG Eric Schoomaker (Peter's brother) steps in to command Walter Reed and possibly become the next Army Surgeon General? (Until last week MG Weightman was by far the most likely to be the next Surgeon General.)
Posted by: Old Doc Mar 6, 2007 12:08:44 AM