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Substandard living conditions found at the Army's flagship veterans hospital likely exist throughout the military health care system, the head of a House panel investigating Walter Reed Army Medical Center said Monday.
"This is absolutely the wrong way to treat our troops, and serious reforms need to happen... immediately," he said.
Staff Sgt. John Daniel Shannon, who lost his left eye and suffered traumatic brain injuries from a rifle wound, said that after he was discharged from Walter Reed, he was given a map of the grounds and eventually found his way to outpatient quarters by wandering around and asking for directions.
Then, he says, he "sat in my room for a couple of weeks wondering when someone would contact" him about continuing treatment.
"My biggest concern is having young men and women who have had their lives shattered in service to their country ... get taken care of," Shannon said.