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Bring Troops Home From Walter Reed [22 Feb 2007|06:03pm]

Please consider reading the following and supporting it in any way you can.  
The following letter to Governor Christine Gregoire (WA-D) is in response to an idea put out on Air America Radio's Randi Rhodes Show by a Kathleen in Seattle.  Please consider contacting your Governor to make a similar plea.  I've included contact information for Washington state below.
Randi Rhodes on Air America can be located on your dial in Washington state at:
Seattle, WA
1090 KPTK-AM
Now on from 5-8pm PT

Spokane, WA
1280 KPTQ-AM
Now live from 12-3pm ET


Write Governor Gregoire a Letter:
Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Give Governor Gregoire's Office a Call:
Governor's Office (360) 902-4111
For relay operators for the deaf or hearing impaired, please dial 7-1-1

Fax Governor Gregoire a Letter:
(360) 753-4110

Email Governor Gregoire via her web form:  http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp



Governor Gregoire,


I'm certain that, by now, you've taken note of the conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center, the host of recently returned wounded troops, as revealed by the Washington Post earlier this week.  The facility is so overcrowded that our service men and women with wounds including amputations and brain injuries are being housed in unacceptable, dilapidated dormitories with mold, rodents, cockroaches, and holes in the ceilings.


Please ask President Bush to transfer custody of Washington troops back home where they can receive adequate medical and psychosocial care in our private beneficent, public, and Veterans Administration hospitals.  Our returning troops are best served by receiving personal and timely medical care, regular personal contact with their families and friends, and a gracious welcome from their local communities.


Our communities need these troops to come home so that we have the opportunity to express our gratitude.  It is difficult for us to personally feel the impact of the sacrifices made by these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who were sent into harm's way at our behest when they are housed in isolation on the other side of the continent.  It is difficult for us to reach out and volunteer help to our neighbors who are so far away.  It is difficult for us to sacrifice our time and service in aid of our military members when they are not here to ask for our sacrifice.


Please find a way to bring our wounded troops home, for their benefit and ours.


Washington Post-"The Other Walter Reed"



The first part of the article opened as follows. The entire lengthy pieces are posted at www.washingtonpost.com

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan's room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The common perception of Walter Reed is of a surgical hospital that shines as the crown jewel of military medicine. But 5 1/2 years of sustained combat have transformed the venerable 113-acre institution into something else entirely -- a holding ground for physically and psychologically damaged outpatients. Almost 700 of them -- the majority soldiers, with some Marines -- have been released from hospital beds but still need treatment or are awaiting bureaucratic decisions before being discharged or returned to active duty.

They suffer from brain injuries, severed arms and legs, organ and back damage, and various degrees of post-traumatic stress. Their legions have grown so exponentially -- they outnumber hospital patients at Walter Reed 17 to 1 -- that they take up every available bed on post and spill into dozens of nearby hotels and apartments leased by the Army. The average stay is 10 months, but some have been stuck there for as long as two years.

Not all of the quarters are as bleak as Duncan's, but the despair of Building 18 symbolizes a larger problem in Walter Reed's treatment of the wounded, according to dozens of soldiers, family members, veterans aid groups, and current and former Walter Reed staff members interviewed by two Washington Post reporters, who spent more than four months visiting the outpatient world without the knowledge or permission of Walter Reed officials. Many agreed to be quoted by name; others said they feared Army retribution if they complained publicly.

While the hospital is a place of scrubbed-down order and daily miracles, with medical advances saving more soldiers than ever, the outpatients in the Other Walter Reed encounter a messy bureaucratic battlefield nearly as chaotic as the real battlefields they faced overseas.

On the worst days, soldiers say they feel like they are living a chapter of "Catch-22." The wounded manage other wounded. Soldiers dealing with psychological disorders of their own have been put in charge of others at risk of suicide.

Disengaged clerks, unqualified platoon sergeants and overworked case managers fumble with simple needs: feeding soldiers' families who are close to poverty, replacing a uniform ripped off by medics in the desert sand or helping a brain-damaged soldier remember his next appointment.

"We've done our duty. We fought the war. We came home wounded. Fine. But whoever the people are back here who are supposed to give us the easy transition should be doing it," said Marine Sgt. Ryan Groves, 26, an amputee who lived at Walter Reed for 16 months. "We don't know what to do. The people who are supposed to know don't have the answers. It's a nonstop process of stalling."

Soldiers, family members, volunteers and caregivers who have tried to fix the system say each mishap seems trivial by itself, but the cumulative effect wears down the spirits of the wounded and can stall their recovery.

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Hello [30 Jun 2006|12:55am]

Name: Whitney
Age: 20
Location: Lopez Island
I work on Friday Harbor and go to college there as well.
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I just joined! [02 Jun 2006|08:47pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Hi there! I am from Spokane! I love living here in Washington, It is awesome possum. Anyhoo, I just joined! I came upon this place by accident, but hey, I am really glad I found it! GO GONZAGA BULLDOGS! WHOOHOO! GO ICHIRO SUZUKI! WHOOHOO!......*ahem* scuze me. ^-^

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[07 Apr 2006|08:24pm]

Husky Band fundraiser - Toast to the Northwest Wine EventCollapse )
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For Pagans [17 Aug 2005|08:07am]

For all the yahoo groups loving pagans in Walla Walla, WA:

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[16 Jul 2005|07:26pm]


More information can be found at either www.summerbandbash.com or www.myspace.com/summerbandbash

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[06 May 2005|03:19pm]

i just joined...

heres the basics
name: Kryssie
age: 18
location: Bellingham
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Rock Opera May 5-8, Seattle [28 Apr 2005|02:06am]


The Rite of Luna: A Rock Opera
The Rite of Luna: A Rock Opera
Seattle, WA - May 5-8, 2005
Tickets Available NOW!

Pan struggles to wake the sleeping goddess Luna (Artemis). Aleister Crowley's Kabbalistic play performed as a rock opera with original music by Seattle local Jon Sewell. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA. Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 8 at 2 pm. All ages, not recommended for small children. Advance tickets available online through Tuesday, May 3. Advance prices: $10 Students, $12 Non-students. All tickets at the door $15. Tickets/info at: www.riteofluna.com.
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hey hey! [25 Apr 2005|10:49pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Vancouver/Portland area girls (and guys if you want to)! I am going to try and plan a Mary Kay party next week. I will let you know on Wednesday what day it will be on.

Please come! I don't care if you don't buy product (although it would be nice), I just want some faces here! I need to get the practice in and get my part in this business going.

I will have snacks and drinks and we can play w/ makeup and do other fun things!

Just let me know. And you can bring your friends as well! The more the merrier! :)

x-posted in mystiqrhayne
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Hello [18 Apr 2005|10:36pm]

I just found the community, and wanted to let everybody know that I have created a community for my city, The City of Walla Walla.


If anybody is in the local area, or even just really close (like in collage place or something) then feel free to sign up!
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hey...newbie here... [17 Apr 2005|03:37pm]

Name: Katalin
Age: 20
Location: Everett
Occupation: Student
Job: Part time in Lake Stevens
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[15 Apr 2005|04:16pm]

Swing Dance!

Live music by the Aberdeen High School Jazz Band!

Rotary Log Pavilion
Friday April 29, 2005
7 PM - 10 PM

Come show off your swing or just sit back and enjoy the music.

Tickets are $5 and are available from any AHS band member, or at the door.

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Just for us! [05 Apr 2005|02:19pm]

For all my fellow Washingtonions & those of you who wish you were one:

Once upon a time, God was missing for six days. Eventually,
Michael, the Archangel, found him resting on the seventh

He inquired of God. "Where have you been?" God sighed a
deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downward
through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm
going call it Earth, and it's going to be a great place of

"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For
example, Northern Europe will be a place of great
opportunity and wealth, while Southern Europe is going to
be poor. Over there I've placed a continent of white
people, and over there is a continent of black people."
"Balance in all things," God continued pointing to
different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while
this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a
land mass and said, "What's that one?"

"Ah,"said God "That's Washington State, the most glorious
place on earth. There are beautiful streams, hills, and
forests. The people from Washington State are going to be
handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous, and they are
going to be found traveling the world. They will be
extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, and they
will be known throughout the world as diplomats, and
carriers of peace."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then
proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would
be balance."

God smiled, "There is another Washington. Wait til you see
the idiots I put there!"
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[14 Mar 2005|05:57pm]

Hey, I'm Alli, 17 from Wenatchee. :D

My senior class is selling $5 raffle tickets (to raise money for graduation expenses) for a week long stay at a 3 bedroom Arrow Point condo on Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID. The dates are July 23 - July 30, 2005. The drawing is sponsored by my school (The River Academy) and will be held there (don't need to be present to win) April 1st, so if anyone is interested or has any questions, let me know as soon as possible via email (procrastinating139 @ yahoo.com) or comment. :) Thanks!
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VR [08 Mar 2005|09:03pm]

Does anyone have any information about the Vendetta Red show on the 19th in Olympia?
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[05 Mar 2005|07:59pm]

Name: Lori Fischer
Age: 21
Location: Battle Ground!!! YEAH FOR BG!

This is pretty cool that there's a community for just Washington. Loves it!
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Check this out! [24 Feb 2005|10:28pm]

Concert in Aberdeen coming upCollapse )
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take it all away [16 Feb 2005|09:44pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I was godsmackgoddess...just updating my communities...since that journal=death.

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the basics [15 Feb 2005|12:05am]

Name: Krista
Age: 18
Location: Aberdeen
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buenos dias yo [09 Feb 2005|12:43pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

I'm Jana, I'm 19, and I'm from Zillah, which is by Yakima for those of you that have never heard of it...lol...feel free to add me, IM me, whatever it's all gravy!

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