In February, the Washington Post’s Dana Priest and Anne Hull revealed that wounded veterans at Walter Reed were living in deplorable conditions of “neglect” and “indifference.” Following the reports, the Bush administration, Congress and the military promised to fix the problems. But a new report released by the Government Accountability Office concludes that “wounded warriors are still getting the runaround from the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs”:
Delays for disability payments still average 177 days — nearly six months — with no indication that dramatic improvement is in the offing.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs is holding a hearing today in which two GAO officials, along with others, will testify. The GAO’s testimony is here.