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More Troubles for Walter Reed Army Medical Center

In Just News on June 16, 2007 at 12:01 am

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From abcnews.com:

Army Discovers Undelivered Mail at Walter Reed

June 15, 2007 5:59 PM

ABC News’ Jon Karl Reports: The Army today discovered 4500 pieces of undelivered mail in a mailroom at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Some of the mail had postmarks dating back to May 2006. Apparently a contract employee in the mailroom tossed the mail in a corner anytime she could not locate the addressee.

Most of the mail was postcards, magazines and direct mail solicitations. There were, however, some packages and at least two checks. The undelivered mail was addressed primarily to patients and staff.

The Army has declared it is taking immediate action to deliver the mail. The contract employee responsible for the mess has been fired.

“This delay is completely and absolutely unsatisfactory,” said Major General Eric Schoomaker, the commander of Walter Reed. “Nobody knows better than the Army how important the mail is to a war fighter’s morale, and we have taken immediate steps to address the matter.”

The medical center receives an average of 27,000 pieces of mail a day, a half million pieces a month.

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