Apologies and vows of reform have been heard Monday at a congressional hearing on poor living conditions and bureaucratic problems for injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The issue boiled into a controversy when The Washington Post published a series of articles last month, but members of the House panel today grilled officials over earlier reports of the failures.
One lawmaker asked a panel of witnesses "where have you been?" They included Undersecretary of the Army Peter Geren and the Army's top two generals. The California Democrat chastised them, saying there were "alarm bells going off," but that it "doesn't seem to get up the line of command."
For his part, Geren acknowledged the Army has "let some soldiers down." Lieutenant General Kevin Kiley, currently the Army's surgeon general and a former commander at Walter Reed, says eleven other installations around the country are being examined to make sure they don't have similar problems.
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