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NOW THE TROOPS HAVE TO DEFEND WALTER REED, TOO FReep # 99: 3/09/07
DC Chapter | March 15, 2007 | Albion Wilde, with photos by [Mrs] Trooprally and PleaDeal

Posted on 03/15/2007 12:26:00 PM PDT by Albion Wilde

WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2007— Most Americans will root for an underdog. Since the dubiously motivated articles stirring up scandal at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center appeared in the Washington Post over the past weeks, the motorists who beeped for our troop-support rally at the gates of Walter Reed on Friday night were now double, triple in number. Now it wasn't just a discreet little toot every five or ten cars; it was many drivers at a time releasing loud, long, sometimes frankly impassioned blasts of the horn, from cars, trucks, Metro buses, even a DC police car – hospital zone or no hospital zone. As inaccurate as they were melodramatic, the articles critical of Walter Reed have drawn the troops into the libmedia's anti-war web of deceit more than ever, forcing them to face the enemy at home as well as abroad.

There isn't space in this weekly chronicle to refute all the when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife allegations and innuendo in those articles. Their transparently disdainful purpose was to demoralize the troops and embarrass the administration – certainly not to benefit the soldiers, veterans and family members who are now burdened by extra layers of uncertainty about their care in the middle of a war that the Loony Left seems to feel is as unnecessary as, say, personal integrity.

What these developments have meant for us in the the DC Chapter of Free Republic is the joy of more visits from troops to our four-corner, Friday-night rallies outside the main gates. This week the Walter Reed Med-Hold platoon sergeant, John Dail, stopped by to shake hands all around.


Almost hidden by surrounding FReepers, Sgt. 1st Class John Dail tells Albion Wilde, [Mrs] Trooprally and Taco Mamma about some new residence arrangements. Platoon Sgt. Dail is responsible for the soldiers in Med-Hold status at WRAMC, which he says involves meeting or working with the requirements up to 30 recovering individuals each day. Photo by PleaDeal

I asked Sgt. Dail about Building 18, which had been cited by the Post article for mold and vermin. (It's worth noting here that Building 18 is not a medical care facility, it is a barracks. It is not on the main 116-acre campus of Walter Reed; it is a former motel, across the 6-lane Georgia Avenue bounding the eastern perimeter of the base, that was purchased as an overflow residence for outpatient and recovered soldiers waiting for transfers out of Walter Reed. Yet much of the uproar resulting from the articles has created the impression that the patient-care areas of the hospital are similarly contaminated, which they are not.)

"The residents of Building 18 have moved to Building 14, right on the base," Sgt. Dail revealed. "It has apartments with kitchens, DVD players in the rooms. They just got a plasma TV over there. It's a beautiful building – one of the best I've seen in the Army.

"The residents didn't want to move, and didn't really understand why they had to move," Sgt. Dail went on. "But now we are going to improve all the facilities," he added, indicating that the shake-up has resulted in different budget priorities at Walter Reed, which had in 2005 been scheduled to be phased out altogether over the succeeding decade. For now, the Student Company was moved out of Building 14 to off-base civilian housing leased to WRAMC, and the "Med-Holds" were moved into 14, where those who are still reporting for outpatient medical appointments will be closer to the hospital building. The Student Company will now commute to the base.

As for Building 18, the subject of one of the scandal-mongering articles, Sgt. Dail said that inspectors determined "there were only seven rooms in that building that really needed work." My own sources on the base say that the mold was a result of a bathtub overflow, not from a problem in the larger infrastructure. One source, who has managed other residence buildings on the base, said that problems affected less than 5% of the rooms in Building 18, which is only one of many residences serving recovering troops at WRAMC. Other troop accommodations are comparable to upscale hotels, or, like the Fisher Houses, are home-like environments housing entire families of spouses and children of the recovering troops.


Part of our display of Coalition flags across the street from the base. Along with our largest MOAB (Mother of All Banners), it's what the recovering troops see as they walk or drive out of the base on a Friday evening going northward, to the restaurant section in nearby Silver Spring. Photo by [Mrs] Trooprally


Some women who were recently College Republicans and are now in Capitol Hill careers, wave to the passing troops from the main, northeast corner. From left, Chevelyn, Laura and Miss USA. Photo by PleaDeal


More of their college-to-career friends on the southeast corner: Lindy, Ashley R and Amanda. Photo by PleaDeal


Veteran and FReeper Citizen SMASH and Walter Reed patient Tim attempt to "reason" with one of the anti-war protestors down the street from the main gates. Dressed like an elf, this moonbat, Mike, claims he is a Vietnam veteran. For some old hippies, The Sixties is an era like the Civil War was to an older generation – it will never be over. Photo by PleaDeal

Specialist Tim, an MP of the 198th National Guard troop, was wounded in Afghanistan 15 days before the end of his tour. He was thrust into the spotlight on the previous Friday, March 2nd, as he stood near our rally. A Fox affiliate local DC television station interviewed him about the conditions at Walter Reed; he appeared on the 11 PM news for a very brief sound bite. On Wednesday of the past week, he and three other patients, with help from FReeper Just A Nobody, organized a lengthy press conference in support of WRAMC that was attended by major news outlets and then ignored, except for a tiny blip on FoxNews. (Even Demo-leaning pollster Zogby admitted last week that readers perceive a leftist bias in media coverage.)

Tonight, Tim (who will soon return home to Kentucky to continue healing, where he hopes to enter local politics) determined to talk with the anti-war protestors down the block, to lodge his objection to their phony "vigil" outside the hospital. "We need to put our attention back on the War in Iraq, on the Congressional resolution to support the troop surge," he said, "instead of on any problems at WRAMC. Because if we don't, we're just going to have more soldiers in Walter Reed. We need the funds for the ammo and armor to fight the war."


It must have been "Salad Dressing Night" in the Pinko contingent, as well as the usual, "Shirk Adult Responsibility for Non-Partisan Respect towards Our Wounded, at Least Outside Their Hospital" Night. Photo by PleaDeal

After talking with them, Tim circled back to the FReeper coffee stand. He related that the anti-war protesters said they are bringing "visibility" to their perception that supporting the troops means not allowing them to perform their military jobs. "It's not about visibility," Tim said. "It's about the fact that they're on what I consider sacred ground. This is our home, this is where I live, where my brothers and sisters live who have lost an eye, a leg, part of their brain..." he trailed off, and then continued, eyeing some nearby young FReeper females. "Hitting on women is why I came out here," he joked, "but if there's a bonus like debating with the Commies, I'm for it! They [the Pinkos] seem to think the Afghanistan War is different than Iraq, but I say no. Those people need to move to the other side of the street!"


A group of four visitors to a Walter Reed patient (center, in white and black ball cap), an Army captain from Texas wounded in Afghanistan, walked all four corners to greet FReepers. One of the friends is also the wife of a Coast Guard marine. FReepers Kristinn and Just A Nobody hold troop-support signs, left. Photo by [Mrs] Trooprally.


This week's Honor Roll of troop supporters: FReepers present were Albion Wilde, BufordP, Cindy-True-Supporter, Citizen SMASH, Danang68, Fraxinus, Just A Nobody, Kristinn, PleaDeal, PrezUSA222, Taco Mamma, tgslTakoma, Tom the Redhunter, [Mr & Mrs] Trooprally and VAFlagWaver; lurkers included Amanda, Ashley R, Bill from MD, Chevelyn, Laura Bush, Lindy and Miss USA.


PrezUSA222, a FReeper and ROTC student, brandishes his sign at the bus returning to the gates after a weekly dinner in town that is donated to wounded troops and their families staying at Walter Reed. Photo by PleaDeal


Due to the anticipated large anti-war protest this Saturday, March 17, 2007 in Washington, Free Republic and other groups organized A Gathering of Eagles. Tens of thousands of veterans and patriots have reserved hotel rooms and will be there to counter-demonstrate. Areas have been zoned off by the Park Service for safety.
We urge every FReeper to come on out and stand with us.
Here's where you can click for maps and more info.

The lefties' usual penchant for vandalism, especially their recent assaults against decency – putting a CodePink costume on the statue at the Navy Memorial and spray paint on the steps of the U.S. Capitol – will be effectively neutralized by the nearby presence of so many veterans who have established their bravery in service to their country.
A Gathering of Eagles has now got them running scared.



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To view all of the photos of this FReep by [Mrs] Trooprally, click here.
To view all of the photos of this FReep by PleaDeal, click here. To view a complete archive of Walter Reed FReeps maintained by BufordP, click here.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: antiwar; dcchapter; freep; walterreed
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We expect lots of protesters will show up down the street from this Friday night's FReep of Walter Reed, March 16. And the Pinkos have announced an early start time – 6:00 PM – so be there at 5:30 with flags and signs, ready to FReep in our permit-protected, higher-profile area at the gates of Walter Reed, Georgia Avenue and Elder Sts NW. Park on the street to the east of Georgia Avenue.


1 posted on 03/15/2007 12:26:14 PM PDT by Albion Wilde
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To: Albion Wilde

DC Freeper bump!


2 posted on 03/15/2007 12:30:20 PM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Alamo-Girl; Allegra; ALWAYSWELDING; AmericanDave; AmericanMade1776; Americanwolf; AmericaUnite; ...

National readership mega-ping. Get the DC Chapter's scoop on what's happening at Walter Reed. After-Action Report #99 by Albion Wilde.


3 posted on 03/15/2007 12:31:35 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: Albion Wilde
if someone can give me crash space for the night I'll come down. If not see ya'll Saturday morning.
4 posted on 03/15/2007 12:35:15 PM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...

DC Chapter mega-ping. What's happening at WRAMC? Get some of the DC Chapter's version of the story. AAR #99, by Albion Wilde.


5 posted on 03/15/2007 12:38:13 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the ping!


6 posted on 03/15/2007 12:40:13 PM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: Albion Wilde

BTTT


7 posted on 03/15/2007 12:43:17 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: dutchess; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; Aquamarine; ...

Americans supporting the troops ping!


8 posted on 03/15/2007 12:44:13 PM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: SouthernBoyupNorth

FReepmail for you.


9 posted on 03/15/2007 12:45:26 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: Issaquahking

Here's a ping.


10 posted on 03/15/2007 12:47:24 PM PDT by fatima (Shut up Murtha)
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To: Albion Wilde

God bless every one of you for showing such loyalty to supporting our troops, our wounded warriors and their families.


11 posted on 03/15/2007 12:52:01 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Albion Wilde

geez, ain't that apropos swishy regalia the (male?) pinko is wearing in the pic 5th from the top revealing? Looks like something michael jaxon would be attracted to.....


12 posted on 03/15/2007 1:05:49 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Albion Wilde

Great report. Be there this week.


13 posted on 03/15/2007 1:07:43 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Jane Fonda was type cast in the movie "Klute")
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To: Albion Wilde
My Dad spent six-months in a Navy Hospital in the late 1960's. It was the worse experience ever for our family. They nearly killed my father with the sloppy health care system they had. We were lucky to ever get him back, and when we did his heath was in shambles for the rest of his life. As much bad press the military hospitals are getting today - I could not imagine them being anything close to the horrors they were in 1968
14 posted on 03/15/2007 1:17:35 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Albion Wilde

Any word from the FReep today?


15 posted on 03/15/2007 1:19:05 PM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thank you for the great report. :)


16 posted on 03/15/2007 1:38:19 PM PDT by Landry Fan
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the updates. Hope the weather holds out for you all.


17 posted on 03/15/2007 1:39:24 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: Landry Fan
Great Report...see you tomorrow!
18 posted on 03/15/2007 1:46:09 PM PDT by zoomie81 ( the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten)
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To: Albion Wilde

Taxman Bravo Zulu! for the FReep, After-Action report and real truth about WRAMC and building 18.

My guess is that FReeRepublic.com is the only place we'll be able to read this story -- the drive by press is not interested in presenting truth to Americans, and most Americans will never be exposed to anything other than the LIEberal lies.

I am most hopeful that there is a special place in Hell reserved for the people who perpeptuate such FRaud on their fellow citizens!

Mrs. Taxman and I would dearly love to be there with you this weekend. Unfortunately, we cannot be there physically, but will be with you in spirit.

FReepem good for us, please.

Eagles Up!


19 posted on 03/15/2007 1:55:46 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Albion Wilde

MY hat's off to you all for another stellar effort.

It's been said before, but it bears repeating, I and many others here stand with you in spirit ever Friday night, even though our circumstances prevent us from being with you in person.

You do us all proud; the way you hold the line for our troops in D.C.

Keep up the LORD's own work, out there, and understand that every one of you out there on those street corners represents thousands of us who'd be there, too, if we could.

May God bless you, and may God continue to bless these United States of America.


20 posted on 03/15/2007 2:12:37 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Total domination over all kingdoms under heaven will be given to the saints of YHVH. -- Daniel 7:27)
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