posted on Feb, 24 2007 @ 03:43 PM
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
WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2007) — The Army surgeon general's staff is putting a "full-court press" on fixing the backed-up repairs needed at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center's outpatient Building 18, the service's top medical officer said here February 22.
Flanked by a host of staff officers and facing a small army of media, Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Kevin C. Kiley said most of the reported maintenance issues
that brought the center into the national spotlight will be fixed by the end of this week.
And if independant journalists had not uncovered these atrocious living conditions, how much longer would it have continued?