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CW Bill on Walter Reed, Part 2



Thursday's Washington Post story about Walter Reed Army Medical Center prompted criticism of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who said he stopped visiting the hospital after he got frustrated with Army officials. Many people posted items on the Buzz saying Young should have done more.

Young's family members responded with a flurry of Buzz postings, saying C.W. and his wife Beverly had devoted much of their lives to helping the wounded, especially at Bethesda Naval Hospital. The Buzz became a forum for a long back and forth between Young's sons Rob and Patrick, who defended their parents and then got into a brotherly exchange about Hillary Clinton, military service and the recent trade of Dainius Zubrus, a hockey player for the Washington Capitals.

Today, C.W. is explaining himself. He says he was indeed frustrated by the Army's response (and then shifted his visits to the Bethesda naval hospital, where he and Beverly spent many hours helping wounded Marines). But he says he properly reported the problems to Army officials. He says the Post gave the impression that he saw the same moldy dorm rooms that the newspaper reported, but that in fact his comments were focused on several incidents of inpatient care. Overall, though, he says the hospital has good care and was not "in crisis."

He also says he is "offended" by Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley who CW says blamed his subordinates for the Walter Reed problems rather than taking responsibility for them himself. Beverly goes a step farther, saying Kiley should be fired.

You can find a detailed account here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:32pm]


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