Pentagon Promises Changes At Walter Reed

PENTAGON - The Pentagon says it hasn't lived up to its own high standards at a facility where it treats injured soldiers. Top brass are apologizing in the wake of newspaper articles detailing subpar living conditions for some patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The Washington Post published a series of stories about problems at the facility, along with problems soldiers are having in receiving benefits. The Army's vice chief of staff says the lack of attention paid to upkeep at one particular Walter Reed building is ``inexcusable.'' General Richard Cody says there was a breakdown in leadership for which he takes responsibility. He says the problems are all being dealt with. Several lawmakers are calling on Defense Secretary Robert Gates to address the living conditions at Walter Reed.

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