Besides, it is hard to get money for a base when it is to be closed. Yet the Army built a physical therapy addition that Bethesda sent their wounded Marines to.
That "expose" about the mold - blow way out of proportion by WaPo. As mentioned, WR was swamped by the sudden influx of wounded. They were in the process of rehabing the OFF BASE hotel where the mold was. The room in question was not to be occupied. But a wounded soldier wanted a room by himself and took that room.
This is not 3rd party scuttlebutt. I have personal knowledge of this from our wounded warriors, in particular from the sergeant in charge of the hotel. Spent a night with him and others playing Texas Hold 'em inside Walter Reed. They even held a press conference to report the truth. Some press showed up but nothing reported by the media slims.
My biggest complaint about Walter Reed were that they did not mesh well with the Tricare appiontment system, so every appointment I made through Tricare for Walter Reed... was not in their system. I eventually had to give up and go to Bethesda (which does have better service).
And the other complaint was it’s location. The medical facility at Andrews is the easiest of the (formerly) three medical facilities in the Washington area. Bethesda’s not as easy, but Walter Reed... geez, there was no good way to get to it from anywhere outside of Washington, D.C. itself.