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Seitan Worshipper: "Army surgeon general forced to retire"

Not looking happy these days

Thanks to Seitan Worshipper for this timely coverage of an important topic - THANKS SW!

In Steve's honor, and continued hopes/wishes/prayers for a speedy,
complete recovery.

Another bit o' brass out at Walter Reed [cue Queen's "Another One
Bites the Dust"]

This scandal is undoubtedly going to get much worse - and much uglier
- before things get better. Let's just hope it results in improved
care for the people who have (needlessly) sacrificed the most.

Army surgeon general forced to retire

WASHINGTON - The Army forced its surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Kevin C.
Kiley, to retire, officials said Monday, the third high-level
official to lose his job over poor outpatient treatment of wounded
soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Kiley, who headed Walter Reed from 2002 to 2004, has been a lightning
rod for criticism over conditions at the Army's premier medical
facility, including during congressional hearings last week. Soldiers
and their families have complained about substandard living
conditions and bureaucratic delays at the hospital overwhelmed with
wounded from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kiley submitted his retirement request on Sunday, the Army said in a

"We must move quickly to fill this position — this leader will have a
key role in moving the way forward in meeting the needs of our
wounded warriors," Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren said in an
Army statement.


Kiley's removal underscored how the fallout over Walter Reed's shoddy
conditions has yet to subside. Instead, the controversy has
mushroomed into questions about how wounded soldiers and veterans are
treated throughout the medical systems run by the military and the
Department of Veterans Affairs and has become a major preoccupation
of a Bush administration already struggling to defend the unpopular
war in Iraq.

"I submitted my retirement because I think it is in the best interest
of the Army," Kiley said in Monday's Army statement. He said he
wanted to allow officials to "focus completely on the way ahead."


Yeah, guess it's either get out or be subpoenaed.

- posted by Seitan Worshiper

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