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Neglect Scandal

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Neglect Scandal

In February 2007, The Washington Post began publishing a series of articles alleging poor conditions and neglect at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The first article described Building 18 of the facility as showing "[s]igns of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses." Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ordered an immediate federal review of veteran health care facilities nationwide to ensure health standards were being met.

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