Edwards Seeks VA Check-Up in Walter Reed's Wake

Discussions continue in Washington over failures at Walter Reed Medical Center. Top Defense Department officials were questioned by the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.

Meanwhile, District 17's House representative, Chet Edwards, made his own request about VA facilities.

"At our hearings today in my subcommittee on the Veterans Administration, I requested the VA health care leadership do an inventory of all the VA hospitals, all 155 in the country, to see if there are any kind of safety or health care situations that put our patients at risk anywhere in the nation," Edwards (D-District 17) said from Washington Tuesday. "We have to learn from the experience at Walter Reed and be sure that we have the kind of feedback system that allows us to address these problems quickly rather than letting them fester for years."

In fact, Edwards had just recently been to Walter Reed, and is also a frequent visitor to the facility.

"Sunday afternoon after church, my wife and I visited an Aggie captain that's at Walter Reed," Edwards said, "and he went out of his way to talk about the quality of the care he's received and the dedication of the workforce there.

"I think it is important for the public to know that the annex at Walter Reed was for long-term care, didn't have the visibility of the main hospital," he continued, "and there truly is world-class care being given to the vast majority of our troops coming in to Walter Reed. But nevertheless, there's no excuse for what happened at the long-term housing annex."


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