Berry Calling For Rumsfeld To Investigate Troop Mistreatment

November 7, 2003 - Posted at 10:34 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC - First District Congressman Marion Berry has joined with more than 130 other members of Congress in calling for an investigation into media reports that detail instances of hundreds of sick and wounded members of the National Guard and Reserve who are being housed in poor conditions, without indoor toilets, and receiving second-rate medical care.

The letter from Berry and his colleagues to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld states: "We write to convey our surprise and disappointment over recent press reports describing substandard living conditions and deplorable treatment for hundreds of sick and wounded members of the Army National Guard and Reserve.  We believe that immediate investigation is warranted, and if the facts portrayed in the media are even half true, corrective action from the highest levels of the Department should immediately ensue."

Representatives Ken Lucas (D-KY) and Ike Skelton (D-MO), the ranking member on the House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee, initiated the letter in response to reports from Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Stewart, Georgia.  Berry's office reports that he has heard similar complaints from consituents in the National Guard and Reserve.