Friday, February 23, 2007

Iraq War Vet Steamed about Hospital Conditions

Iraq war veteran Paul Rieckhoff is ticked off. Writing as a "special guest blogger" today on, Rieckhoff joins the chorus of critics concerned about conditions for some wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

The uproar over substandard housing for wounded vets comes after a long investigation by the Washington Post, which published the story last week. Since then, army and Pentagon officials have apologized and promised to improve conditions at Building 18, an roach-infested, mould-ridden site where many outpatient veterans were housed.

Rieckhoff, author of Chasing Ghosts, a well-regarded memoir of his days in Iraq, now heads a veteran's organization and is a frequent critic of the Bush Administration's handling of the Iraq conflict.

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