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Activist says Madigan has problems similar to those at Walter Reed

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FORT LEWIS, WA. -- Advocates for wounded soldiers say Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis has problems similar to some of those at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C..

Meredith Leyva is the founder of Operation Homefront, a nonprofit support group for wounded soldiers and their families. She told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer there have been extensive layoffs among caseworkers at Madigan who help severely injured soldiers and their families.

She says the medical care at Madigan is tops, but Operation Homefront volunteers also report some dilapidated rooms with asbestos and lead that is only now being removed. And she says it takes too long, an average of a year-and-a-half, for disability claims to be processed before injured military personnel are discharged for civilian treatment.

Madigan officials told the News Tribune of Tacoma for a story last weekend that the problems reported at Walter Reed do not exist at Fort Lewis, where housing and treatment for wounded and injured soldiers are major priorities.

 

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