Obama Statement On Weightman Losing Command At Walter Reed
U.S. Senator Barack Obama today released the following statement on the Army's announcement that Major General Weightman would no longer command Walter Reed or the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command:
"Today's announcement that Major General Weightman was relieved of command is welcome news, but only a first step. The Pentagon should act quickly to determine if there are other commanding officers that allowed these appalling conditions at our military hospitals to persist. The sad reality is that deteriorating facilities and unacceptable neglect have plagued not only the brave men and women receiving treatment at Walter Reed, but servicemembers throughout the hospital system. Congress must act quickly to bring systemic change by passing the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act, which would cut red tape, improve facilities, and create better oversight of U.S. military hospitals around the globe. That's one thing about this war we can still get right."