Bipartisan Presidential Commission to Conduct Review of Walter Reed Conditions, and Hearings on Privatization of Hospital Services

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 4, 2007

From the transcript of the President’s Radio Address, released March 2, 2007: “As we work to improve conditions at Walter Reed, we’re also taking steps to find out whether similar problems have occurred at other military and veterans hospitals. So I’m announcing that my Administration is creating a bipartisan Presidential Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the care America is providing our wounded servicemen and women. This review will examine their treatment from the time they leave the battlefield through their return to civilian life as veterans, so we can ensure that we are meeting their physical and mental health needs. In the coming days, I will announce the members of this commission, and set a firm deadline for them to report back to me with their recommendations.”
Related news and upcoming hearings:

  • Army Times: Walter Reed woes bring turmoil at the top
  • Military Times coverage of the controversy at Walter Reed
  • Former Head of Walter Reed Hospital to Testify Before National Security Subcommittee: “Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman John Tierney sent a letter to Major General George W. Weightman, former Commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, regarding the privatization of support services at Walter Reed and its impact on the conditions at Walter Reed. In addition, Chairman Waxman signed a subpoena to compel Major General Weightman’s testimony at the Subcommittee’s March 5 hearing, but the subpoena was not served when new Acting Secretary of the Army Peter Geren authorized General Weightman to testify before the Committee without compulsory process.”
  • Internal Walter Reed Memo Identifying Problems
  • See also Wounded Warriors…a collection of veterans coverage from the McClatchy Washington Bureau, McClatchy Newspapers, and other sources.
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