Letters to the Editor

'Collective shame'

Listening to testimony about the conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital had tears running down my face. Toxic black mold does not appear overnight. For at least two years our veterans have been subjected to insufficient care. They complained and the complaints went unanswered.

What puzzles me is that in two years, while visiting the hospital, the president, vice president, secretary of defense, head of the Veterans Administration, Congressional Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and other oversight committees, veterans groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans did not notice or speak out about these conditions.

There have been reports over the last two years that some things were not as they should be at Walter Reed, but there are no outraged public responses to these reports. As a nation, we should all hang our heads in collective shame.

Sharon Lyons