"Reporters Who Broke Story on Conditions at Walter Reed" - Neal Conan - Talk of the Nation NPR

"Reporters Who Broke Story on Conditions at Walter Reed" - Neal Conan - Talk of the Nation NPR

by: Neal Conan | publication date: March 6, 2007 | Publication: Talk of the Nation |

"Ms. Hull: That's right and, you know, that's just not acceptable. Now Building 18 was absolutely the worst of the living facilities or barracks at Walter Reed. The other place we focused on was the opposite end of the spectrum. It's a very nice hotel called the Malone House. And the Malone House is like a Holiday Inn Express in the rooms, but the foyer is quite grand and it's a Georgian revival-style hotel. And prior to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq it was used to house family members of, you know, convalescing two-star generals who were getting hip replacement surgery at the hospital. But it has been completely overtaken in the last four years by the wounded and it's really a shock to walk into the Malone House for the first time. Because you have young people missing arms, missing legs, missing eyes, faces destroyed, parts of their - they're missing skullcaps from surgeries. It's just a surreal, heartbreaking experience."

A radio broadcast featuring Washington Post reporters Hull and Priest about the latest congressional hearing on Walter Reed, the conditions they encountered at the hospital and the future of veteran health-care.

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